House I by Roy Lichtenstein - National Gallery Sculpture Garden - Washington, D.C.
Posted by: Hikenutty
N 38° 53.453 W 077° 01.401
18S E 324517 N 4306613
Quick Description: This sculpture by Lichtenstein plays with the illusion of 3 dimensions. The house looks like it is both advancing towards the viewer and receding at the same time.
Location: District of Columbia, United States
Date Posted: 7/4/2008 1:33:15 PM
Waymark Code: WM4420
This sculpture by Lichtenstein plays with the illusion of 3 dimensions. The house looks like it is both advancing towards the viewer and receding at the same time. It isn't until you walk to the sculpture's side that you can tell it's true shape.
The National Gallery of Art's Webpage on the piece says this:
Roy Lichtenstein is best known for the pop paintings based on advertisements and comic strips that he made in the 1960s. He also produced a significant body of sculpture, including large-scale works designed for the outdoors. House I incorporates the hallmarks of the artist's style: crisp, elemental drawing, heavy black outlines, and a palette based on primary colors. Whereas most of the artist's sculpture approximates freestanding paintings in relief rather than volumetric structures in the round, some of his late sculpture, such as House I, exploits the illusionistic effects of a third dimension. The side of the house at once projects toward the viewer while appearing to recede into space.
Within the collection, this piece is a favorite of young and old alike thanks to its playful trickery.