LICHTENSTEIN, Roy b.1923 Manhattan d. 1997, Manhattan, New York, USA


, limited number, (printed under the image in the margin lower left; “Nurse 1964 oil on magna on canvas.121.9 x 121.9 cm Private Collection. © Roy Lichtenstein”). Silkscreen, original poster, after the painting ‘Nurse’, 1964, now in private collection Heavy wove 54 x 54 cm Excellent condition


: See Fertig, Jessica; The Lot essay from the Christies Auction of Nurse examines the meaning of the work in considerable detail and is well worth a read. Also view the short video:


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When this painting was auctioned, it achieved the phenomenal price of $95.365.000 US, a record for the artist and one of the highest prices paid for an art work at the time.  As for the subject matter, the large and confronting portrait of a nurse, easily identified by the garb she dons, is made complex by the startled expression captured on her face: one that is anxious, nervous or uncertain, a moment caught in time and one that highlights the myriad of possible emotions experienced with the occupation. Lichtenstein makes the mundane art with the portrait of a nurse adapted from comic strips and imbues this with a visual language that makes redundant the need for the speech bubbles he mad popular throughout the 1960s.


BELOW: The painting ‘Nurse’ as it was hanging in Sotheby’s prior to being auctioned for a record at the time for the artist, $ 95 Million plus US