1961
Roy Lichtenstein
American, 1923-1997

Oil on canvas
56 1/4 x 42 1/8 inches

Roy Lichtenstein’s comics-based compositions rival Andy Warhol’s images of Campbell’s Soup cans and Marilyn Monroe as the best known and most influential examples of Pop art. Lichtenstein’s comic-book paintings, such as Mr. Bellamy, 1961, have attained such renown and familiarity that it is easily forgotten that they were produced only briefly (1961–65) and that, as part of his early Pop work, they provoked tremendous controversy.

To imitate a comic book as directly as Lichtenstein did in Mr. Bellamy was to invite controversy. Although substantially larger than its...

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