Red Barn


Created in 1969, Roy Lichtenstein’s Red Barn is comprised of screenprint in colors on Fabriano paper. The work is signed in pencil by Lichtenstein and numbered 150/250. Published by Gabriele Mazzotta Editore, Milan; catalog raisonné: Corlett 89. In terms of size, this piece is L. 14 x 17 1/8 in. (356 x 435 mm.) and S. 18 x 26 in. (457 x 660 mm.) While Red Barn engages with a youthful subject matter borrowed from contemporary culture, his piece sends a very pointed political statement. Lichtenstein transforms traditional pastoral imagery with lithographic methods of printing and colorful, comic strip inspired elements. In doing so, he combines high and low art forms, in addition to academic art theory with popular culture references. Lichtenstein satirizes the traditional American pastoral ideal through the usage of pop-art: a stylistic technique that is regarded as more frivolous in the hierarchy of artistic mediums.
Roy Lichtenstein


When American Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein painted Look Mickey in 1961, it set the tone for his career. This primary-color portrait of the cartoon mouse introduced Lichtenstein’s detached and deadpan style at a time when introspective Abstract Expressionism reigned. Mining material from advertisements, comics, and the everyday, Lichtenstein brought what was then a great taboo—commercial art—into the gallery. He stressed the artificiality of his images by painting them as though they’d come from a commercial press, with the flat, single-color Ben-Day dots of the newspaper meticulously rendered by hand using paint and stencils. Later in his career, Lichtenstein extended his source material to art history, including the work of Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso, and experimented with three-dimensional works. Lichtenstein’s use of appropriated imagery has influenced artists such as Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, and Raymond Pettibon.

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