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La Victoire de Samothrace, Unknown, 190 BC

Modular Painting with Four Panels



The final work on this tour is from iconic Pop Art artist Roy Lichtenstein.

While working as an art teacher in New York in 1960, Lichtenstein was struck by the beauty and effectiveness of comic strips.

He was challenged by his son who pointed at a Mickey Mouse strip and teased him: "Dad - I bet you can't paint as good as that"!

Lichtenstein took up the challenge and started blowing up comic strips to gigantic proportions.

He also chose to reproduce the Ben Day dots - the dots used by commercial artists to facilitate the printing process - signalling to the viewer that this was a mass-produced object.