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Shipboard Girl

Roy Lichtenstein

Shipboard Girl

Roy Lichtenstein
  • Date: 1965
  • Style: Pop Art
  • Genre: portrait
  • Media: lithography
  • Dimensions: 106.7 x 89.5 cm

Historical Description
Executed in yellow, red, blue and black, this work is composed of wonderful color dots that combine to create the image. Similarly to the way newspaper images are printed, Lichtenstein used sold outlines to frame the picture elements, and then filled them with these vibrant color dots. Recalling Seurat's pointillism technique, Lichtenstein relies on the instinct of our eye to fuse the separate dots into one overall color wash; however, Lichtenstein was a pop artist, and in his interest to play-with and titillate our eye, he makes the dots slightly too large, and slightly too far apart for us to fuse the dots together, thereby calling our attention to his technique. Further, Lichtenstein gives us fabulous subject matter in this "incomplete narrative." The incomplete narrative remained a popular style throughout Lichtenstein's career. In this sense, we are witness to an intriguing scene with a beautiful blonde (complete with bright red lips!) who is shown on the ship of a luxury liner (noted by the water and life-preserver). She has a curious expression, and because we are not given any other details into this mystery, we have an "incomplete narrative." From the visual construction to the artistic process, Lichtenstein provides us with a wealth of viewing enjoyment that engages our mind and our senses.

Created in 1965, this original color offset lithograph was published by Leo Castelli, NY, and printed by Graphic Industries, Inc., NY. This work is hand-signed by Roy Lichtenstein (New York, 1923 - New York, 1997) in pencil in the lower right and is from an unnumbered edition.

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