Melody Roy Lichtenstein Playing Cards
Roy Lichtenstein-themed 54 playing cards, featuring imagery of the Pop artist's Reverie (from the portfolio 'Eleven Pop Artists, vol. II') GMA 1335.
Back of card: Reverie (from the portfolio 'Eleven Pop Artists, vol. II'), 1965 GMA 1335.
Joker: Sweet Dreams, Baby! (from the portfolio 'Eleven Pop Artists, vol. III'), 1965.
Printed on 310 gsm paper.
Image credit © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/DACS 2015
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.
Box: 7 x 9.5 x 3 cm/ Cards: 6.5 x 8.5 cm