Brushstrokes, 1967

BRUSHSTROKES, 1967 by Roy Lichtenstein

Brushstrokes reflects Lichtenstein’s interest in the importance of the brushstroke in Abstract Expressionism. Abstract Expressionist artists had made the brushstroke a vehicle to directly communicate feelings; Lichtenstein’s brushstroke made a mockery of this aspiration, also suggesting that though Abstract Expressionists disdained commercialization, they were not immune to it – after all, many of their pictures were also created in series, using the same motifs again and again. Lichtenstein has said, “The real brushstrokes are just as predetermined as the cartoon brushstrokes.”

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