Sweet Dreams Baby!

Sweet Dreams Baby!
Signed Print

Roy Lichtenstein

Screenprint, 1965
Signed Print Edition of 200
H 91cm x W 65cm

Critical Review

The works featured in the portfolio are the culmination of the years Lichtenstein spent perfecting his printmaking skills. The artist’s other print from the same volume, a slick cartoon of a songstress titled Reverie, interrupts aesthetic conventions gently. Meanwhile, Sweet Dreams Baby! is bold, noisy and intense, delivering a literal blow to the traditional artistic legacies of the 19th century.

Lichtenstein manufactures a clinically precise and universally recognisable picture, using the instruments of commercial printing. The work confronts the viewer with the very essence of Pop Art. Additionally, it also reintroduces discredited comic book imagery into contemporary artistic dialogue.

Sweet Dreams Baby! is a masterful and dynamic artwork that relies on its verbal-visual language, which contrasts the dual nature of words against an action packed illustration. The print has been commonly dubbed the “pow print”, on account of its depiction of a punch overlaid with the word “pow!”.