Vicki I--I Thought I Heard Your Voice | Roy Lichtenstein

Vicki I--I Thought I Heard Your Voice 1964 | Painting 41,7 x 41,7 Inch

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In his work Vicki I--I Thought I Heard Your Voice, Roy Lichtenstein deals with one of the major themes of his artistic career: the romantic relationship between a man and a woman. Here, the portrait of an attractive young blonde woman looking disappointed is observed by a man whose back, framed in a doorway, is all we see. "Vicki I--I Thought I Heard Your Voice": the spectator can perceive the character's emotion through this phrase incorporated in the work which, thanks to its narrative style and punctuation, underlines the man's surprise.

Directly inspired by cartoons and the world of advertising, the characters in the works of Roy Lichtenstein are themselves advertisements: curvaceous women with long lashes and red lipstick, idols of ardent romanticism and passionate looks.

In the same way as in cartoons, the technology used is a thick black line to highlight outlines, dots (called Benday) for skin texture and speech-bubbles for thoughts and dialogue.

Lastly, it is interesting to note that this work was produced on an enamel plate; the artist is effectively seeking to assimilate the mechanical techniques inspired by the industrial world of New York, such as subway signs.

Roy Lichtenstein helped to enhance the artistic vocabulary of Pop Art, creating real icons which even nowadays are still very striking.