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Big Modern Painting (For Expo '67), 1967

Roy Lichtenstein

American, 1923-1997
Oil and Magna on canvas, 3 panels
360 x 120 in. (914.4 x 304.8 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Gift of the Artist and Mr. Leo Castelli
P.1967.22a-c
© 2008 Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

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Lichtenstein found inspiration for his imagery in daily life, referencing a broad range of subjects in his work, including advertising, comic strips, consumer goods, spirituality, violence, and romance. "Big Modern Painting" is an example from the artist's "Modern" series, begun in 1966. This body of work takes a nostalgic look back at Art Deco, a distinct artistic style popular in America and Europe during the 1920s and 1930s. The Modern works contain the most significant and recurring design elements characteristic of this period, including circles, semicircles, squares, and triangles.

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