Roy Lichtenstein

Modern Art II

About this artwork

Lichtenstein once commented that ‘the painter I like best is Picasso’. 'Modern Art II' replicates Pablo Picasso’s characteristic splintering of forms. It also alludes to imagery found in two iconic paintings by the Spanish artist. The cone-like nose links to mask-like faces found in Picasso’s 'Les Demoiselles d’Avignon' ('The Young Women of Avignon'), (1907) (acquired by the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1937), perhaps a comment on the way Picasso had also famously appropriated forms from other sources – in this case, African masks. A second ‘Picasso-esque’ motif is the silhouetted profile in Lichtenstein’s print. This could refer to a similar shadowy contour of a face found in Picasso’s 'Les Trois Danseuses' ('The Three Dancers'), (1925) (acquired by Tate in 1965).

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  • title:
    Modern Art II
  • accession number:
    AL00382
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  • materials:
    Screenprint on paper
  • date created:
    1996
  • measurements:
    122.90 x 97.30 cm
  • credit line:
    ARTIST ROOMS Tate and National Galleries of Scotland. Lent by The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Collection 2015
  • copyright:
    © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/DACS 2017.
This artwork is part of Artist Rooms

Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein