American Indian Theme VI, 1980
Roy Lichtenstein was one of the most influential Post-war artists of the twentieth century, helping to originate the Pop Art movement. His unique imagery based on comic strips and advertisements bursts with a distinct palette of bold primary colors of reds, yellows and blues.
In the late 1950s Lichtenstein started exploring the root of American Mythology, but it wasn’t until 1970, when he and his wife moved to Southampton, NY, residing near a Shinnecock Indian reservation that his “Amerindian” Pop-style works from 1979-1981 emerged. This series combines Lichtenstein’s Cubist abstractions with Native American imagery drawn from American popular iconography.
American Indian Theme VI from 1980 is an exceptional piece that combines Lichtenstein’s signature style with Native American motifs and traditional symbols into a stunningly vibrant composition.