Review of Roy Lichtenstein's "Nurse"
By: David K. Montoya

Hey Boys and Girls! Believe it or not, I was actually asked to come back and continue my review on art of Roy Lichtenstein. For those who missed it last time, Roy Lichtenstein was a popular culture artist in the same vein as Andy Warhol. While he was know for his comic book style art form, he did dabble in other artistic mediums. His most popular work "MASTERPIECE" is also his most valuable, although the popular sell happened twenty years after his death in 2017.

So, since I mentioned it last time, I have decided to review Lichtenstein's second most valuable artwork and at one time the thirty-forth most expensive painting ever sold (purchased in November 9, 2015, by an anonymous buyer for $95,365,000 USD, $122,215,015.75 CAD, £68,827,781.45 or €77,482,155.20), the Nurse. A side note should be made that, in 1995, the record price for an American pop culture artist that sold at a public auction was for only $1.7 million USD, 2,178,686.00 CAD, £1,227,094.00 or €1,381,012.00.

The artwork in review, the Nurse was created back in 1964, during a pop culture boom, the piece is about four feet by four feet created with oil and magna is used on a standard canvas. The imagery is one of a close up of a blond female with crystal blue eyes that is wearing a Nurse's attire (well, for that time period anyway) with a frightened or surprised expression. The picture was, let's say, inspired a panel from a graphic novel Heart Throbs published by DC Comics and drawn by artist Arthur Peddy, and like his other works Lichtenstein's artist method he copied a panel from a comic book onto a large canvas and drawn in the line-art with a pencil, paints a black outline over the pencils and then, completes the process by using Ben–Day Dots to color it in. This is a technique dating from 1879 and depending on the color, effect and illusion needed, small colored dots (generally cyan, magenta, yellow and black) are closely spaced, widely spaced or overlapping to create a color and image.

Something I find interesting an worthy of noting is that any conversations I've had about the Nurse painting, anytime I encountered someone who did not like the piece was never for the sake of the artwork itself, but rather the fact that they were upset that Lichtenstein took previously published artwork from comics of the 1940s and refurbished it into his own, not giving credit or monies to the original artist. Another thing worth noting is typically these people are not fans of Roy Lichtenstein in general—one critic went as far as calling him a plagiarist. For me I do not necessarily agree, I also have to admit that I do not really disagree as well.

Lichtenstein walked a fine line of genius and a blatant rip off artist, but obviously I'm not the only admirer of his work, the music group U2 what are your thought on the matter—write me and let me know.