Reverie
© The Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/DACS

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Reverie 1965
Lichtenstein’s work of the mid-1960s is dominated by images of women, often taken directly from comic-strip stories from girls’ comics such as ‘Secret Hearts’. These heroines, who were typically blonde, are instantly recognisable as the glamorous and perfect all-American girl but at the same time are far removed from reality. Lichtenstein would often retain the thought and speech bubbles from the original illustrations to keep a dramatic dimension in his image. As demonstrated in this print, he would simplify the background to focus on the face, which took up the largest portion of the image. Lichtenstein’s previous paintings and prints had taken images from advertisements for domestic appliances and boy’s war comics.

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Print

An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.

Screenprint

A print made by forcing ink through a screen on which a stencil is placed. Traditionally used for commercial printing, it has been taken up by artists since the 1960s when it was used extensively in Pop art.

Print, Screenprint

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 1335
  • Medium Screenprint on paper (no. 24)
  • Size 76.20 x 60.90 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1975