The piece that I chose is a painting by Roy Lichtenstein called “Drowning Girl.” This piece was created in 1964 and it is currently located at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The title of the painting comes from the subject matter, which is a young woman who appears to have water rushing up around her as she falls off of a boat.
The artist uses many conventions from popular culture to create this comic-like piece. He uses bold colors, speech bubbles, and even a thought bubble that are all used to represent the comic book styles of the early 1960’s. I feel that these elements make for a very strong composition, but at the same time a very simple composition. It’s almost like he took the comic book and just blew it up on a large scale.
The art work is typical of the pop art movement. The image itself is strikingly simple and easy to understand. The “Drowning Girl” doesn’t seem to be in any state of distress or danger, which could be interpreted by some as making fun or mocking comics or art in general. I however see it as being more playful and light hearted.
Although I do not own this piece, I do plan on visiting it at MoMa in New York
Roy Lichtenstein was a pop artist, who was born on October 27th, 1923, in New York City. He is famous for his pop art paintings and sculptures. “Drowning Girl”, one of Roy’s most famous works, is a painting of a young girl in an orange dress. It looks like it could be an image from comic books or a magazine ad. The subject matter of the painting is a woman struggling to stay above water while drowning. The title can be interpreted as being representative of women and their struggles in society.
The artist uses specific color schemes and bold flat shapes to create the illusion of the work being a photo. He used photo realism to show how he wanted to portray the work as something that would be found in everyday life.
This piece has been referred to as “a masterwork” by many art critics because of its remarkable likeness to a real photograph yet it still has the appearance of an oil painting. The realistic element is also heavily influenced by pop culture. This piece has been referred to as one of Lichtenstein’s most autobiographical pieces because it depicts his own struggle with the death of his father due to cancer when he was only fifteen years old. His father died when he was just 15 years old which
Like many of Roy Lichtenstein’s paintings, “Drowning Girl” is an example of Pop Art. It was made between 1962 and 1963, and is one of his most famous pieces.
Like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein took images from mass media and art and reproduced them in his own style. He would enlarge the images to a monochromatic scale and then paint them in his distinctive style. This made his paintings stand out from the rest, but also gave them a sense of irony as they were referencing something else.
The technique he used was not always simple. In “Drowning Girl”, he increased the size of the comic book panel by 50%, reducing the number of colours and simplifying the image into bold lines and blocks. He then repeated it 3 times vertically to create a concrete block effect, which draws the eye up towards the girl’s face.
Roy Lichtenstein is an American pop artist. He was born in New York City on October 27, 1923. His father was a real estate broker and his mother was a homemaker. He had two brothers and one sister.
Lichtenstein studied at the School of Industrial Art in New York City. In 1941, at the age of 18, he enlisted in the United States Army. After returning from service, he attended Ohio State University. He graduated with a degree in fine arts in 1949. During college he worked as a copywriter for an advertising agency.
Towards the end of the 1950s, Lichtenstein began to work with the subject of comic strips and advertisements which were common themes to his work in the 1960s and 1970s. His most famous works are “Drowning Girl” from 1961, “Bratatat’s” from 1962, “Crying Girl” from 1963, “I Can See The Whole Room…and There’s Nobody in It!” from 1964 and “Whaam!” from 1965. “Drowning Girl” sold for $165 million dollars at a 2006 auction which made it the most expensive piece of American pop art ever sold at auction up to that date. Roy Lichtenstein died on September
It is not a painting, and it is not a photograph. It is a sculpture which, like the aforementioned paintings, shows a woman with long blonde hair, in a red one-piece bathing suit, with the words “Oh! Oh! Oh!” written above it.
From 1961 until his death in 1997 Roy Lichtenstein remade and reworked this particular piece of art, in different sizes and with slight variations. In his earlier versions however, the woman’s mouth is open wider than in the later versions. The woman also has different colour hair and wears sunglasses on occasions.
Commentators have discussed whether the expression on her face should be considered as one of fear or as an expression of surprise.
The title is taken from a comic strip panel by John Cullen Murphy that was originally published in the New York Daily News on July 5th 1960 entitled “Drowning Girl”.
The Drowning Girl is an iconic piece of pop art that was created by Roy Lichtenstein, who is one of the most renowned pop artists. The piece was made in part as a reflection of his own personal experiences. The drowning girl represents a woman drowning, which is a metaphor for the artist drowning in his own problems and troubles. When he was younger, his mother died from cancer. As an adult, he dealt with many other issues such as the death of his father and issues pertaining to his marriage. He was also dealing with the pressure of being a college professor and having all eyes on him to perform well.
Toward the end of his career, Lichtenstein developed an interest in photography; this led to him creating some pieces based on photographs instead of directly copying them. The Drowning Girl is one example of this new interest in photography. Lichtenstein took the photograph from a newspaper and used it as inspiration for his artwork. Many people have had their opinions on this piece, but I think that it is a brilliant piece of art that really tells a story and could be seen as relatable (if your mother has ever died).
Drowning Girl, from 1962, is a weird painting. It depicts a woman, her head bowed and hair flying, apparently walking off a canvas and into the real world. It’s not just a surreal image; it’s a joke about the art world.
Drowning Girl is an homage to Édouard Manet’s Le déjeuner sur l’herbe (1863), which depicts two fully dressed men and a woman in undergarments baring her breast. It was scandalous at the time, and Manet responded to critics by saying that he had painted Olympia with “courage” (alluding to Napoleon).
Lichtenstein transformed Manet’s work by substituting his own depiction of surrealism—the woman appears to be walking on water—and by changing both the title and the original artist’s signature. In Lichtenstein’s work, the nude in Manet’s painting becomes clothed in contemporary attire. And instead of labeling his piece “Courage,” Lichtenstein signed his painting “With love.” This signals that Drowning Girl is not so much an homage as an ironic comment on its source material. In doing so, Lichtenstein forces us to recognize how art can be commercialized and turned into