Lichtenstein was a co-founder of the Pop Art Movement along with Claes Oldenburg, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. Lichtenstein often used comic strips as subjects in his art, using bold colors and lines, and a painting method that mimicked the dot-matrix style of old comic books. In the early 90s Lichtenstein became interested in Chinese painting. The Bonsai Tree is one of his few sculptures. The deep lines and emphasis on two-dimensionality recalls the flat canvases and strong marks of ink used in Chinese painting and calligraphy.
Roy Lichtenstein. Bonsai Tree, 1993. Pewter and bronze, with pewter base, 51 x 44 x 10.75 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein.