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

Andy Warhol
American, 1975
Polaroid Polacolor 2 print
3 3/4 x 2 7/8 in.

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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.