Roy Lichtenstein


In the 1990s, Lichtenstein created a body of work called Interiors, in which he mixed references to classical antiquity, the Renaissance, and modernism. He also used visual signs plucked from his own illustrious career, such as his characteristic Ben-Day dots. Created in the last year of Lichtenstein’s life, this drawing is a study for a painting commissioned by the fashion designer Gianni Versace. A confusedlooking Ajax, a hero of Greek mythology, finds himself in an eclectically decorated room in which styles float free of their contexts and hatch marks are divorced from their descriptive function.

Roy Lichtenstein
American, 1923–1997
Study for “Interior with Ajax,” 1997
Graphite and colored pencil on page removed from a sketchbook
Richard and Mary L. Gray, promised gift to the Morgan Library & Museum
Gray Collection Trust, Art Institute of Chicago
© Estate of Roy Lichtenstein
Photography by Jamie Stukenberg, Professional Graphics Inc.