Reverie by Roy Lichtenstein Essay

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Reverie by Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein was an American artist who was an influential part of the Pop Art movement in the 1960s. Roy Lichtenstein was born in New York in 1923 and he has created some of the most well-known Pop Art paintings and artworks. An example of his artwork is “Reverie”, it is a screen print by Roy Lichtenstein in 1965 in his iconic comic strip art style. “Reverie” by Roy Lichtenstein shows social commentary of mass production through the art movement it’s in, the technique used, the subject matter.

“Reverie” is an example of an artworks that is part of the Pop Art movement. Pop Art developed in the early 1960s as a response to abstract expressionism. It was originally a British movement in the mid 1950s
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However, artists of this movement such Lichtenstein wanted viewers to be aware that advertising and the production and consumption cycle has come to dominate their lives. The legacy of pop art was the union of art and pop culture. Art was no longer from high-culture sources such as literature, mythology, or religion but from pop culture like television, music, and advertisement.

“Reverie” references to one of the most popular song in America, “Stardust”, through the lyrics used in the artwork. The artwork is of a headshot of a blonde woman staring off into the distance, with a speech bubble with music notes and lyrics saying “the melody haunts my reverie”. Lichtenstein was a fan of jazz music so he decided to make an painting based on the popular jazz song. “Stardust” was composed in 1927 by Hoagy Carmichael with added lyrics by Mitchell Parish in 1929. It is one of the most recorded pop tune in history with over a thousand versions. It wasn’t just a popular song, it permeated America’s pop culture thoroughly. The song was widely used in the pop culture such as in movies and television shows. The song took a popularity on its own and became a legacy. Music was a big part of pop culture and “Reverie” shows that through a woman singing the lyrics. Lichtenstein often portrayed women as concerned with love and marriage and in “Reverie” the woman seems to be daydreaming about something, maybe about love. The lyrics, “the melody haunts my reverie”, used in the context of

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