Fabulous Original Drawing by Roy Lichtenstein – “Girl In The Mirror (Study)”
Original Hand Colored Work on Paper by the famed Pop Artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) | Title: “Girl In The Mirror” (Study)| Medium: Graphite and Colored Pencil | Year or Era Produced: Circa 1964 |Signature: Signed by artist Roy Lichtenstein in lower right | Housed in a modern black wood frame | Dimensions: Measurement of work: 8.25″ x 10.625″; Framed Mounted Artist Paper Measurement: 13.75″ x 15.75″; Approximate Weight: 5 lbs
Works on Paper: Roy Lichtenstein’s studies on paper were small colored-pencil drawings he often used as templates for his final renderings. Throughout Lichtenstein’s career, works on paper were an integral part of his creative process. As he noted, “It’s all thought up in the drawings and all accomplished in the paintings.” The artist almost always began with a two-dimensional source, from which he sketched the image, recomposing it to suit narrative clarity or formal ends. Subsequently, he traced the drawing onto canvas with the aid of an opaque projector, continuing to make compositional adjustments. To accommodate the projector, drawings like Crying Girl (Study) (1964) and Ohhh . . . Alright . . . (Study) (1965) needed to be small in size. In some instances, as in Forest Scene (Study) (1980), a larger intermediate drawing was produced to further elaborate compositional details. Many of these large-scale studies were then turned into slides and projected again onto the canvas.
Lichtenstein also used drawings as a form of notation, to capture his thoughts on process. In Haystack and Haystacks (Studies) (c. 1968), detailed notes and directions for color combinations of dot patterns are indicated for studio assistants. Landscape with Rock and Chinese-Style Landscapes (Studies) (1996) tentatively explores compositional possibilities.
Rarely did Lichtenstein make drawings as fully finished works that were not used as the basis for later paintings, but, between 1961 and 1968, he produced 30 or more of these works. In Alka Seltzer (1966), he graphically summed up his earlier techniques—the emphasis on cropping and scale and the use of halftone dots—and introduced the idea of reflection, a notion that would return often in his career.
Biography: Roy Lichtenstein is one of the most influential and innovative artists of the second half of the twentieth century. He is preeminently identified with Pop Art, a movement he helped originate, and his first fully achieved paintings were based on imagery lifted from comic strips and advertisements and rendered in a style mimicking the crude printing processes of newspaper reproduction. These paintings reinvigorated the American art scene and altered the history of modern art. Lichtenstein’s success was matched by his focus and energy, and after his initial triumph in the early 1960s, he went on to create an oeuvre of more than 5,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, murals and other objects celebrated for their wit and invention.
Lichtenstein Drawings are held in numerous public and private collections including major galleries and museums around the world. Similar Roy LICHTENSTEIN drawings have been auctioned at the most important auction houses in the world, including:
Sotheby’s (New York) auctioned Landscape with Yellow Sunset for $50,000 (including the buyer’s premium) in March 2017: Fine Art Auctions Miami-FAAM auctioned “Drawing for modern painting triptych II” for $92,500 (not including buyer’s premium) in December 2016: Christie’s (New York) auctioned “Study for Little Aviation” for $353,000 (including the buyer’s premium) in May 2015: Sotheby’s (New York) auctioned “Vicki ! I – I Thought I Heard Your Voice ! (Study)” for $1,270,000 (including the buyer’s premium) in May 2015: Christie’s (New York) auctioned the “Sleeping Girl” for $2,000,000 (not including the buyer’s premium) in 2013: Atelier Richelieu (Paris) auctioned “Still Life and Watch” for $206,565 (not including the buyer’s premium) in 2013: Christie’s (New York) auctioned the “Anxious Girl (Study)” for $950,000 (not including the buyer’s premium) in 2013:
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Girl in the Mirror
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