Roy Lichtenstein

Composition III

About this artwork

The usually straight, parallel lines of musical staves are liberated here into curving and looping waves. Music was one of Lichtenstein’s great loves – he played the clarinet in his youth, and learnt the saxophone at the age of 70. During the late 1930s, he visited New York’s vibrant jazz clubs and jazz became a lifelong passion. This print responds to the creative and improvisatory nature of this style of music. It also acts as a playful visual pun on the artist’s own fascination with the arrangement of line, form and colour in the composition of artworks. The print, the third in a series of three ‘Composition’ prints, was produced for the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE), a non-profit organisation dedicated to enabling American art to be displayed in United States embassies worldwide.

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  • artist:
    Roy LichtensteinAmerican (1923 - 1997)
  • title:
    Composition III
  • date created:
    1996
  • materials:
    Screenprint on paper
  • measurements:
    129.40 x 90.20 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Lent by The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Collection 2015
  • accession number:
    AL00380
  • gallery:
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms
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Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein