Portrait of Roy Lichtenstein

Object Details

Title:

Portrait of Roy Lichtenstein

Artist/Maker(s):

Andy Warhol (American, 1928 - 1987)

Culture:

American

Date:

1975

Medium:

Polaroid dye diffusion print

Dimensions:

9.5 x 7.3 cm (3 3/4 x 2 7/8 in.)

Copyright:

© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.

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At 4:00 the Walt Disney film crew came and shot me in front of my Shoes and my Walt Disney drawings. They asked me who my favorite Disney character was and I said, 'Minnie Mouse, because she can get me close to Mickey.'

So wrote Andy Warhol in 1981. Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein had painted Mickey Mouse on a challenge from his young son to prove that he could "draw like the people who did cartoons," but this made his friend Andy Warhol jealous. Lichtenstein had "gotten to Mickey first," thus scooping Warhol on representing the popular cultural icon.

Lichtenstein and Warhol collected each other's work. As part of a trade between the two artists, Warhol made this Polaroid study in preparation for painting his friend's portrait. He admired Lichtenstein's art, which employed a limited palette of flat primary colors and heavy black outlines in imitation of comic book illustrators and commercial printing methods.

Exhibitions
Nadar/Warhol: Paris/New York (July 20, 1999 to May 28, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 20 to October 10, 1999, (Cat.)
  • The Andy Warhol Museum, (Pittsburgh), November 6, 1999 to January 30, 2000, (Cat.)
  • The Baltimore Museum of Art, (Baltimore), March 12 to May 28, 2000, (Cat.)
Ten Years In Focus: The Artist and the Camera (March 18 to August 10, 2008)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), March 18 to August 10, 2008, (Cat.)
Bibliography

Baldwin, Gordon, and Judith Keller. Nadar Warhol: Paris New York: Photography and Fame. Introduction by Richard Brilliant. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1999) p. 168.