Roy Lichtenstein / Trompe L'oeil with Leger Head and Paintbrush, 1973 / Copyrights
Trompe L'oeil with Léger Head and Paintbrush, 1973
In this painting, Lichtenstein depicts a wooden wall in a studio. Besides a nail driven into the wall (recalling paintings by Braque) and a butterfly, we see a brush and a face borrowed from a composition by Léger. Lichtenstein quoted not only Léger’s motifs in his art but those of Picasso, Matisse, Schlemmer, and many other artists. But Léger’s cool, brash style had the greatest affinity with his own. The entire image can be seen as an homage to Léger’s approach: Léger loved to build his compo-
sitions piece by piece from individual elements, stacked on one another as if they were parts of a sculpture. Lichtenstein’s picture is similarly layered – and relies on a quote from Léger.