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Crying Girl - Moco Museum
Roy Lichtenstein, lasting influence, moco museum amsterdam

Crying Girl

Understanding Roy Lichtenstein’s art

Who doesn’t know Roy Lichtenstein’s world famous painting ‘Crying Girl’ from 1963?

The pop art painting can for sure be seen as one of the most remarkable pieces within the movement. People all around the globe would recognise one of Lichtenstein’s portraits of comic-styled women. These paintings were featuring the special Ben-Day dot printing technique, which created an optical illusion of a colour, through the spacing of small dots, that were either way put close, far, or overlapping. It is this technique that made Lichtenstein’s style so recognisable and unique.

The theme of women can be found repeatedly within Lichtenstein’s artworks. Mostly shown as beautiful, naive, helpless and focused on a man, you would find the women in these artworks caught in a love affair with a dominant man. Thinking, crying, reminiscing. The women were shown suffering from different situations, mostly caused by the behaviour of a man.

Luckily nowadays we live in more emancipated times and we can see the painting with an eye-wink inside the Moco Museum, Amsterdam.

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