In 1993, Roy Lichtenstein illustrated the cover of Frederic Tuten's novel Tintin in the New World of his work Tintin Reading. Very representative of the artist's style, it represents Tintin sitting in a room reading his newspaper, Snowy lying at his feet, the captain's cap on a small chest of drawers.
The work has many references: in the background the painting by Matisse The Dance is hung on the wall, the dagger and the armchair recall the cover of the Little Twentieth of January 1936 (cf. The Broken Ear), the onomatopoeia "CRAC" evokes the painting Crack! painted in 1963 by the artist.
Hergé's bold lines and bright colours fit perfectly into the world of Lichtenstein. Here we find the characteristic technique of the points ben-day that the artist has been fond of since 1961: it is a dot line screen printing technique, allowing to obtain a colour without gradation.
Roy Lichtenstein is one of the most important artists of the American pop art movement, and his works are strongly inspired by the advertising and popular imagery of his time, as well as comic books (comics). From the 1960s onwards, he began working on posters where he took up the themes of his paintings, before becoming prolific in this field from the 1980s onwards.
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