Woman with flowered hat

March 22, 2019
New York, USA

Woman with flowered hat (1963) by Roy Lichtenstein.

For this work, Lichtenstein, used as a base one of the portraits that Picasso did to his lover Dora Maar.

Lichtenstein painted Woman with Flowered Hat when it was pastiching various types of sources, including commercial illustrations, comic imagery and modernist masterpieces.

Lichtenstein worked by creating a small-scale line-drawing based on the Picasso reproduction. Then he projected the drawing onto the canvas, using the projected outline-drawing as a template.

The artist deliberately avoided the easier option of projecting the reproduction itself. According to art scholar Michael Fitzgerald, this was because he wanted to be “true to his discipline of drawing”.

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