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Roy Lichtenstein. Interior with Mirrored Wall, 1991. Oil on canvas, 126 1/8 x 160 inches; Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Posted in Oil on canvas by Jessica on March 17, 2009

Roy Lichtenstein. Interior with Mirrored Wall, 1991. Oil on canvas, 126 1/8 x 160 inches; Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Roy Lichtenstein described pop art as not “American” painting, but “industrial” painting.

Towards the end of his life, he began to experiment with painting mirrors and Interior with Mirrored Wall is an example of just that. He was inspired by furniture advertisements he found in telephone books, and created a series of works portraying domestic environments. Lichtenstein also liked showing the “gleam” in objects, as seen by the mirror and the grand piano in this work.

This piece is just, simply put–charming. There is this “quaintness” in the extremely straight lines and the Benday dots and stripes on the ground that creates the illusion of a carpet. Also, there is a stark contrast between the couch–that is completely outlined, but white, with the exceptions of the off-white and red cushions–and the plants–that are not outlined, but are so richly green.

For some reason, the furniture in this piece reminds me of the furniture I had as a child for my dollhouse.



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