View From The Window

View From The Window
Signed Mixed Media

Roy Lichtenstein

Mixed Media, 1985
Signed Mixed Media Edition of 60
H 194cm x W 78cm

Critical Review

View from the Windowshows a balcony featuring cursive iron railings and potted plants. The work reveals poignant details composed of intersecting pastel-toned and primary coloured brushstrokes. The view we see through the frame is overlooking a riverside, with figures wandering along the embankment. The vivid hand-painted sweeps within this portrait interact energetically with the mechanical aspects of the artist’s own style. Consequently, the layout of the print becomes similarly abstracted as Lichtenstein’s Brushstroke Faces and Seven Apple Woodcuts.

The stylised brushstroke variations capture the essence of an everyday scene. Translated into the conventional language of the landscape genre, the imitations appear instinctive and integrated. While Lichtenstein’s simulated painterly gestures symbolise shifting light and nature in motion, the detached cartoon elements produce spatial ambiguities. These strokes seem to have been cut out and pasted on, drawing attention to the surface texture of the work.

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