Bull Heads III
Roy Lichtenstein ( American, 1923 - 1997 )
Roy Lichtenstein was one of the artists who rose to prominence as part of the Pop Art movement in the 1960s. Lichtenstein's familiar comic strip adaptations wryly commented on the influence that the burgeoning consumer culture exerted on the lives of Americans in the 1950's and 60s. Reacting against Abstract Expressionist paintings by Jackson Pollock, Franz Kline, Mark Rothko, and Robert Motherwell, Lichtenstein created work that was slick, mass-produced in feel, and disruptive of the line that divided high art from low. In this series of prints, Lichtenstein is seen re-creating the process of cubist abstraction in his typically sly manner. The figure of a bull, a mainstay of the great Spanish-born master of Cubism, Pablo Picasso, becomes ever more unrecognizable as the series progresses. Poking fun at the sacred traditions of art history is completely typical of Lichtenstein and represents a unique and challenging contribution to our understanding of the art of our time. In 1995, the Dallas Museum of Art hosted the major traveling exhibition, "The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein," organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.