Late Lichtenstein nude could bring $20 million at Sotheby's

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AnnaO

2017-04-11 10:04:19

An iconic late work by Pop Art maestro Roy Lichtenstein will hit the auction block at Sotheby's next month.

Executed in 1995, 'Nude Sunbathing' was part of a series of nudes Lichtenstein produced following his landmark career retrospective at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 1993.

The series represents the last major set of paintings he created before his death in 1997.

The works were created using Lichtenstein's trademark graphic lines and Benday dots, and feature female figures inspired by comic book illustrations from his huge personal archive.

Examples from the series can be found in the world’s most renowned institutional and private collections, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Fondation Beyeler, and the Broad Art Foundation.

'Nude Sunbathing' will be offered at auction for this first time in its history, and is expected to fetch in the region of $20 million.

"Benday dots, a vibrant red, and a seductive female temptress make this the ultimate late Lichtenstein," said Amy Cappellazzo, Chairman of Sotheby’s Fine Art Division.

"Reimagining the archetypal women that dominated his iconic early ‘60s paintings, Nude Sunbathing is unabashed in its sensuality. Lichtenstein’s larger-than-life nude in repose confidently occupies the entirety of the canvas, endowed more with the strength of her own desire rather than the vulnerability of the comic-book damsels that defined Lichtenstein’s early Girls."

The current record auction price for a Roy Lichtenstein work was set in November 2015, when his 1964 painting 'Nurse' sold at Christie's in New York for $95.4 million.

Sotheby's Contemporary Art Evening Auction takes place in New York on May 18.

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