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About the Work
"I Love Liberty (C.192)" is a screenprint on paper created by Roy Lichtenstein in 1982. The image size is 32.5 x 21-inch. The framed size is 37.5 x 26-inch. Published by the People for the American Way, Washington D.C., organizers of the Los Angeles ‘I Love Liberty’ celebration in 1982, this popular Lichtenstein print embraces New York’s Lady Liberty as the chosen symbol of American patriotism (Lichtenstein was a lifelong New Yorker). This print comes at the end of a period of woodcut works that Lichtenstein focused on prior to his ‘brushstroke’ period and reflects the feel of those works though it was created via screenprinting. The Statue of Liberty is heavily abstracted here but Lichtenstein has captured enough of her essential appearance to make her unmistakable. "I Love Liberty (C.192)" comes signed by Roy Lichtenstein, and with a certificate of authenticity.
About the Artist
Roy Fox Lichtenstein was born in New York City on October 27, 1923. He grew up in Manhattan’s Upper West Side and had a passion for science and comic books. His father, Milton, was a successful real estate broker and his mother, Beatrice, exposed Lichtenstein to many aspects of New York culture by taking him to museums, concerts, and other functions. In his teens, his interest in art grew as he began drawing and taking courses on watercolor and sculpture. Later, he attended Ohio State University before being drafted to serve on European front for World War II. He then returned to Ohio State in 1946 to finish his undergraduate degree and received his Master’s in Fine Arts in 1949. In the late 1940s and early 50s, Lichtenstein began working in series, often taking artistic subjects from mythology and American history and folklore. Lichtenstein decided to an ironic reexamination of the nineteenth-century American genre paintings he saw in history books; creating Cubist interpretations of “Cowboys and Indians” amongst other Wild West characters, with a sense of faux-primitive whimsy.