Roy Lichtenstein’s Tate Retrospective

By Martin Gayford - 2013-02-20T10:39:00Z

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The results were witty, cerebral and sometimes beautiful. You still go out wondering whether you have been looking at a series of desperate efforts to escape from pop. Those comic book dots and cliches made Lichtenstein as an artist. They were also a self-imposed limitation from which he could not get away.

Left, "Brushstrokes" (1965). One of Lichtenstein's favorite visual jokes was to depict a loose, free brushstroke in the dots and flat color of commercial art.