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Roy Lichtenstein: Les Nymphéas - Signed Mixed Media

Les Nymphéas
Signed Mixed Media

Roy Lichtenstein


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Mixed Media, 1993
Signed Mixed Media Edition of 100
H 67cm x W 91cm

Critical Review

Les Nymphéas is a brilliant mixed media print that integrates machine-made patterns with painterly gestures. Capturing water lilies resting on water, the artwork portrays flower petals and leaves rendered in bold primary and secondary colours. These botanical elements have been accentuated through thick black contouring.

Lichtenstein flattens his illustration against the picture plane by presenting a cropped and enlarged perspective. The water’s surface is composed entirely out of vivid blue stripes and dense streaks of dots. The patterns evoke a sense of underlying tension between the painter’s expert hand and the perfected means of mechanical reproduction.

Lichtenstein made numerous paintings and prints based on the work of Monet, see his Cathedrals and Haystacks for instance. However, Les Nymphéas also integrates Lichtenstein’s preoccupation with reflections and perception. The artist explored these optical themes continuously throughout his career, most notably in his Mirrors and Reflections series.

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