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Femme d'Alger

Roy Lichtenstein
1963
oil on canvas
80 x 68 in. (203.2 x 172.72 cm)
Douglas M. Parker Studio, Los Angeles

NARRATOR

In 1963, Roy Lichtenstein said that he wanted to make art so despicable that no one would want it. Jeff Koons.

 

JEFF KOONS

I always enjoy what Roy brought to Pop art. A very graphic look, a very accessible and very emotional look at Pop.

 

NARRATOR

Jeff Koons also collects Lichtenstein’s work

 

JEFF KOONS

Roy was able to show to the public the relationship that artists have with each other.

 

NARRATOR

Like Lichtenstein’s relationship to Picasso. He was a great admirer, and this painting reprises a well-known Picasso work from 1955 with the same title, Femme d’Alger.

 

NARRATOR

And Picasso, borrowed the theme from Eugene Delacroix—his 1834 painting “The Women of Algiers in their Apartment,” which was a polite way of saying, women in a brothel. Lichtenstein’s version does not attempt to convey Delacroix or Picasso’s lasciviousness.

 

JEFF KOONS

If you look back through history, artists are always referencing each other, because they're referencing things that they love in the world. And we do it every day.

 

NARRATOR

As Roy Lichtenstein said in a 1962 interview:

 

ROY LICHTENSTEIN ARCHIVAL AUDIO

I don't mean to parody the Picasso. But I think I'm using commercial methods so that, in a way, it looks like a cheap reproduction of a Picasso. This is a stylistic thing I like to happen.