Comic Sans Clothes
The Nudes Series by Roy Lichtenstein
The nude women in Roy Lichtenstein’s 1994 series were not drawn from life, rather the artist pulled the figures from 1960s comic books, removed their clothes, and created bursting compositions using his distinct visual vocabulary. In Nudes, Lichtenstein masterfully creates sensual volumes using ridged geometries and the resulting images pulsate with dots and vibrate with line. Almost collaged into the background, the artist incorporates references to his earlier works like Reflections, Imperfect, Water Lily and Interior Series.
In the present lot, our nude sits perched on the arm of a sofa, Water Lily hangs on the wall behind her head with a sculpture grabbed from Imperfect on the table to her right. Borrowed from a Girls’ Love Stories comic book, Lichtenstein removes his figure from the beach and plants her in a modern living room. Her striped swimsuit is gone, but the breeze is still blowing in her hair. The series—created near the end of his life—marked his first foray into the subject matter and also a reflective return to the comic book style that defined his early career.