Doc Braham - In Tribute to Roy Lichtenstein
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Took my own photograph of the original. We cleaned up the image, added new borders, signature and brighter colors, to give it back it's original punch, which is evident.
Roy Lichtenstein (1923 - 1997), was a Pop artist whose work was torn from the pages of torrid pulp fiction novels and classic comic books. Lichtenstein was initially a university instructor where he was influenced by artists who based their styles on everyday life. First painting semi-abstractions of the Old West, he later depicted 20th century Americana such as Mickey Mouse and bubble gum wrappers. In 1961, he began exclusively painting comic strip scenes printed with a process that simulated photoengravers dots.
Lichtensteins other works exposed the contradictions of representing three dimensions on a flat surface.
M-Maybe depicts an attractive girl, which is typical of Lichtenstein's romance comics adaptations. As is a common theme among these works, she awaits a man in a vague but urban setting. The thought bubble reads "M-Maybe he became ill and couldn't leave the studio". The text and her expression jointly capture her continuing worry and anticipation. David Britt likens the work to Victorian narrative painting because Lichtenstein invites much speculation with the work, including the identities of the present and absent subjects of the work as well as the "nature of the situation". i.e, what might be holding up his arrival.
Eckhard Schneider describes this single-frame style of art as stills suddenly halting a narrative associated with young women's predicaments, noting that "The private tone of the words increases the paintings aura of authenticity, like verbal snap-snots an aspect especially apparent in the hesitantly voiced M-Maybe."
However, Lichtenstein idealizes the appearance with graphic tension that separates the emotional subject matter from the apparent poise of the depiction.
Lichtenstein had a desire that his paintings look as mechanical as possible although he was a painter. Rather than selecting subject matter from photographs by an individual, he selected teen and action comics, such as the obvious source for this work, as subjects since they were illustrated by teams that produced source material that was devoid of "personal elements of style".
After 1963, Lichtenstein's comics-based women "look hard, crisp, brittle, and uniformly modish in appearance, as if they all came out of the same pot of makeup." This particular example is one of several that is cropped so closely that the hair flows beyond the edges of the canvas. This is an example of Lichtenstein humorously presenting a subject that might be crowded out in a newspaper with a sort of ironic self-awareness that relies on the difference between art and the rest of the world.
July 1st, 2014
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