Drawing for Kiss V by Roy Lichtenstein



2015-06-26 10:55:07

Drawing for Kiss V by Roy Lichtenstein is a small study of a the major painting Kiss V, 1964 by the American Pop Artist Roy Lichtenstein. The work was previously unseen before appearing for sale at Christie’s New York in 2011.


The artwork

Kiss V, like other works by Pop Artist Roy Lichtenstein, reflects the artist’s fascination with Americana. The work depicts a comic book-inspired close-up of a man and woman. It was executed in graphite and wax crayon.

Prior to producing Kiss V, Lichtenstein had producing semi-abstract scenes of the Old West before he began painting comic strip scenes and cropping images from advertisements.

Artist’s style

Lichtenstein’s work includes stylised landscapes, product packaging and parodies of Abstract Expressionists’ style - all exposing the contradictions of representing three dimensions on a flat surface.
His pieces were inspired by artwork influenced by everyday life and the guilty pleasure of melodrama – both of which are evident in Kiss V.


Notable sales

In March 2011, various news sources reported that a previously unseen picture, Drawing for Kiss V by Roy Lichtenstein, would be sold on 11th May at Christies, New York.

The drawing was won in a $10 lottery in 1965 by the seller. It was expected to sell for $1,000,000.

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