Big Modern Painting for Expo '67

Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997)
Oil and Magna on canvas, 3 panels 
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:
© 2008 Estate of Roy Lichtenstein 
Not on View

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.


Roy Lichtenstein and [Leo Castelli, New York, gift 1967 to];
Pasadena Art Museum, Pasadena, 1967-1975;
Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, 1975.

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