After Washington, DC, and London, the first major exhibition since his death, Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective arrives at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. The show includes more than 100 of the artist's greatest paintings from all periods of his career, along with a selection of related drawings and sculptures. Highlights include the classic early pop paintings based on advertisements and comic-book treatments of war and romance, his versions of paintings by the modern masters, and series including Brushstrokes, Mirrors, Artist's Studios, Nudes, and Landscapes in a Chinese Style.
The prominence of sculptures and etchings distinguishes the Parisian show from those in the Art Institute of Chicago, The National Gallery of Art in Washington and the Tate Modern in London. The exhibition at Centre Pompidou reveals Lichtenstein’s exceptional artistic and technical inventiveness through a body of works which have never been shown in France.
Although many pop artists explored similar subject matter, what distinguished American artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923–1997) was his use of hand-painted yet mechanical-looking dots to create areas of tone and color, which would eventually become his signature technique. The National Gallery's own Look Mickey (1961) is an early example of this method and will open the exhibition. Considered by Lichtenstein to be his first pop painting (which he donated, with Dorothy Lichtenstein, in 1990 in honor of the Gallery's 50th anniversary), Look Mickey pioneered the artist's now-famous combination of comic-book themes and the look of commercial printing processes.
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