painted bronze
United States
Overall: 84 1/4 × 27 5/8 × 17 5/8 in. (214 × 70.17 × 44.77 cm)
Not on view

"I think painting and sculpture proceed from the same vision... In drawing some simple still lifes I thought, "Just cut the drawing out and then you have a sculpture." I elaborated that quite a bit." -Roy Lichtenstein

Known primarily as a painter, Lichtenstein also made sculptures throughout his career. Like his paintings, the sculptures show his interest in images that read as both abstract and representational and that present familiar things with great economy. Lamp II belongs to a group of painted bronzes depicting common household items. Here shafts of light become solid forms that support a hanging fixture. Some beams reach the ground, creating a pool of yellow light. Short diagonal lines suggest shading. Playfully inverting the tangible and intangible, Lichtenstein captures weightlessness in solid form, as he had done with reflections, smoke, and steam.

at rear of base: 3/3 Roy Lichtenstein 1977
Gift of Sydney and Frances Lewis
Contemporary Sculpture in the Collection of the VMFA, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA June 25 – August 11, 1991

The Common Wealth, Roanoke Museum of Fine Arts, Roanoke, VA, December 1, 1990 – February 3, 1991

Contemporary Art from the VMFA, Muscarelle Museum, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, September 30 – November 15, 1987

Selections from the Sydney and Frances Lewis Collection in the VMFA, Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, DE, March 29 – May 10, 1987

Roy Lichtenstein Sculpture, Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, NY, December 1977
(Leo Castelli, New York) by 1977; Purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Sydney and Frances Lewis, Richmond, Virginia in November 1977; Gift to Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA), Richmond, Virginia in December of 1985.
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