Haystack #5

Roy F. Lichtenstein

American, 1923 - 1997

Gemini G.E.L.


Haystack #5, 1969

  • Not On View

Lithograph on paper

Dimensions: 20 5/8 × 30 11/16 in. (52.4 × 77.9 cm)
Image: 13 3/8 × 23 7/8 in. (34 × 60.6 cm)

Museum Purchase, 1969.43

Monumentalized comic book images in oversized Benday dots bought Roy Lichtenstein fame as a Pop artist in the early 1960’s. Born in New York in 1923, he studied with Reginald Marsh at the Art Student’s League in 1939 and at Ohio State University in the 1940’s, where he received his BFA and MFA and later taught. Simulating commercial newsprinting in his paintings, he chose his subjects from lowbrow “junk literature,” satirizing the pomp and materialism of the esoteric art world. He attempts to prove that the subject of an artwork is less important than how it is handled technically and formally. Irreverently humorous are his parodies of works by distinguished artists including, Picasso and Mondrian, in Benday dots á la Lichtenstein. This print, Haystack #5, is a satire of the numerous paintings by Monet of the same subject.

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