|An extremely rare work - one of only three known examples recorded by the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and this is the only known hand-signed "Love Roy". Given by Lichtenstein to his long-time studio assistant who worked with him from 1968 to 1980. The brushstroke is considered one of the artist's most original ideas and stemmed from his desire to actually "paint" a brushstroke, as a way of breaking with Abstract Expressionism. In 1965 he created a series of Brushstroke paintings for his exhibit at Castelli Gallery, which are considered the harbingers of the Pop movement. The idea of "printing" a brushstroke was not lost on the artist who adopted it as his own personal logo.
Lichtenstein's fondness for his assistant is emphasized by his signing the work "Roy", which is also extremely rare.
NOTE: This work on paper is included in the Lichtenstein catalogue raisonné of drawings.