Lichtenstein found inspiration for his imagery in daily life, referencing a broad range of subjects in his work, including advertising, comic strips, consumer goods, spirituality, violence, and romance. Big Modern Painting is an example from the artist's "Modern" series, begun in 1966. This body of work takes a nostalgic look back at Art Deco, a distinct artistic style popular in America and Europe during the 1920s and 1930s. The Modern works contain the most significant and recurring design elements characteristic of this period, including circles, semicircles, squares, and triangles.
- Artist Name: Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997)
- Title: Big Modern Painting for Expo '67
- Date: 1967
- Medium: Oil and Magna on canvas, 3 panels
- Dimensions: 360 x 120 in. (914.4 x 304.8 cm)
- Credit Line: Norton Simon Museum, Gift of the Artist and Mr. Leo Castelli
- Accession Number: P.1967.22a-c
- Copyright: © 2008 Estate of Roy Lichtenstein
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, 1967-1975;
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, 1975.
4. Documenta Kassel '68
- Orangerie-Auepark, Museum Fridericianum, Galerie-Schone Aussicht, 1968-06-27 to 1968-10-06
- Armory Center for the Arts/Art Center College of Design, Radical Past: Contemporary Art & Music in Pasadena, 1960-1974, pp. 6, 12
- Solomon, Alan, Painting in New York: 1944 to 1969,no. 17 pp. 30-31
- Art Center College of Design, Art Center College of Design Exhibitions: Twenty Years, pp. 42-43
- Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego, Monumental Paintings of the 60s, repro.
- Register, Kathy, Pasadena Star-News, pp. A-1, A-5
- Roy Lichtenstein: Times Square Mural, p. 56
- Pasadena Art Museum, Recent Acquisitions 1969,no. 11 pp. 8-9
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