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May 19, 2014

The Knight (Self-Portrait)

The Knight (Self-Portrait)

c. 1951

Roy Lichtenstein

(American, 1923-1997)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 86 x 74.8 x 6.4 cm (33 7/8 x 29 7/16 x 2 1/2 in.); Unframed: 61.3 x 50.9 cm (24 1/8 x 20 1/16 in.)

Gift of The Algesa O'Sickey Trust 2014.5

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Lichtenstein worked as a commercial artist in Cleveland from 1951-57.

Description

Lichtenstein’s painting is an irreverent rendering of a medieval knight adorned in chainmail and brandishing a weapon and shield. As a goofy-grinned self-portrait, it includes an element of humorous self-deprecation as well. The artist described his works from this period as “taking the kind of stodgy pictures you see in history textbooks and redoing them in a modern-art way.”

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