Artist | Roy Lichtenstein (1923 - 1997)

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    • Roy Lichtenstein

      Yellow and Green Brushstrokes1966

Biography

Biography

born Oktober 29, 1923
1940 Ohio State Univesity, School of Fine Arts

About the work (english / deutsch)

About the work (english / deutsch)

Yellow And Green Brushstrokes
Lichtenstein took comic strips as the basisfor the two pictures We Rose Up Slowly, made in 1964, and Yellow And Green Brushstrokes, produced two years later. The example of the large-format painting Yellow And Green Brushstrokes shows some further characteristics of Roy Lichtenstein's approach. As indicated in the title, the surface is covered with yellow and green strokes apparently painted spontaneously and with verve. Both the blue dot matrix of the background as well as the superimposed green and yellow strokes strengthen the dynamism of the composition. By contrast, the clearly recognizable precise and accurate form of painting undermines the motif, so that the picture becomes an ironic and critical paraphrase an the painting of Abstract Expressionism. The ornamental stylization of the strokes to the status of formula highlights that the emotions so intrinsic to an act of gestural painting are absent here. With this picture, Lichtenstein created a work that showed Abstract Expressionism, at the time at its apogee, to be history and at the same time averred that the movement would be overcome by Pop Art. The latter itself integrated motifs of art history into its works as quotations of reality, thus putting fonward a new claim to absolute truth in the contemporary art of the 1960s.


Yellow And Green Brushstrokes
Als Vorlagen für die beiden Bilder mit den Titeln We Rose Up Slowly (1964) und Yellow And Green Brushstrokes (1966) dienten Lichtenstein Motive aus unterschiedlichen Comicstrips. Am Beispiel der großformatigen Malerei Yellow And Green Brushstrokes werden einige weitere Charakteristika des bildnerischen Denkens von Roy Lichtenstein deutlich. Wie im Titel angegeben, ist die Bildfläche mit scheinbar spontan und schwungvoll gemalten gelben und grünen Pinselstrichen bemalt. Sowohl das blaue Punktraster des Hintergrundes als auch die Überlagerung grüner und gelber Pinselstriche unterstreichen den gewollt dynamischen Eindruck der Komposition. Demgegenüber entmystifiziert die deutlich erkennbare präzise und akkurate Malweise das Motiv und läßt das Bild zu einer ironisch-kritischen Paraphrase auf die Malerei des Abstrakten Expressionismus werden. Die ornamentale Stilisierung der Pinselstriche macht die Abwesenheit von Emotionen während des Malaktes bewußt, die der gestischen Malerei an sich immanent sind, hier jedoch zu Formeln stilisiert werden. Lichtenstein schuf mit diesem Bild ein Werk, das den Abstrakten Expressionismus noch während seiner stärksten Verbreitung bereits zu einer historischen Bewegung werden läßt und postulierte mit ihm gleichzeitig die Überwindung dieser Bewegung durch die Pop Art. Sie selbst integrierte Motive der Kunstgeschichte als Realitätszitate in ihre Werke und formulierte damit einen neuen Absolutheitsanspruch innerhalb der Gegenwartskunst der sechziger Jahre.

German text by Rolf Lauter / Translation by Jeremy Gaines
(Extract - Full printed version available in the Museum)
MMK - Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main

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