This famous image by Roy Lichtenstein is the art for this exhibition poster advertising a Lichtenstein show at Ace Gallery in Los Angeles. It was published in 1978 and aptly titled Cheese Head.
In creating this offset lithograph, Lichtenstein employed his famous technique of using stenciled dotted lines that mimicked and amplified commercial printing patterns.
Lichtenstein ( 1923-1997) was an American artist who, during the 1960s, became a leading figure in the Pop Art movement along with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, James Rosenquist and others. Inspired by comic strips, Lichtenstein often infused his art with parody. While Lichtenstein was best known as a leader of the Pop Art movement, he experimented with multiple art movements, including Art Deco, Futurism, Cubism, and Surrealism.
Cheese Head was created during Lichtenstein’s brief but important Surrealist period in which he found inspiration in the absurdist works of Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, and Pablo Picasso. Thus, a piece of Swiss cheese became the floating head of a dapper man dressed in a suit and wearing a striped tie and a pocket square.
This print is signed by Lichtenstein with an inscription that reads: "To Warren and Rose Marie. R. Lichtenstein."