Roy Lichtenstein Brushstroke 1965

Artwork details

Artist
Roy Lichtenstein 1923–1997
Title
Brushstroke
Date 1965
Medium Screenprint on paper
Dimensions Image: 565 x 724 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1979
Reference
P07354
Not on display

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In 1965-6 Lichtenstein made a series of paintings depicting enlarged brushstrokes. Ironically, the motif was taken from a printed source, the comic book story entitled The Painting, printed in Strange Suspense Stories in October 1964. Here Lichtenstein used it to make a direct comment on the elevated content and loaded brushwork of Abstract Expressionism. The brushstroke, as the token of the artist's personal expression, is depersonalised. The motif is screenprinted onto paper in a manner usually associated with advertising or publishing to the effect that it seems banal and everyday.

April 2008

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