Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997)
Girl in Window (Study for World's Fair Mural)
Oil and acrylic on canvas
Overall: 68 1/8 × 56 in. (173 × 142.2 cm)
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Gift of The American Contemporary Art Foundation, Inc., Leonard A. Lauder, President
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Roy Lichtenstein drew his subject matter from a broad range of sources, including comic books, newspaper ads, and historical works of art. Lichtenstein did not borrow these preexisting images outright, but translated them into his own idiom, “using those symbols to make something else,” as he put it. In 1963, architect Philip Johnson commissioned Lichtenstein to paint a panel for the New York State Pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows, New York. Girl in Window is a study for the 20-foot mural, which was installed on the outside of Johnson’s circular Theaterama building. Executed in flat areas of color and Ben Day dots—a technique that mimics commercial printing and that marked his signature Pop style—Lichtenstein depicted the smiling girl as if she was emerging through an open window from inside the building.