Roy Lichtenstein was a foundational figure of the Pop Art Movement. Most frequently, he used comic book imagery and a highly graphic style in his work. Although he was largely committed to painting and printmaking in his early career, sculpture became an important part of his repertoire. As a three-dimensional image, sculptures such as Bonsai Tree intentionally emphasize the graphic quality of his two-dimensional imagery. Lichtenstein often worked in a series and one of his interests was Chinese culture, its scroll paintings and calligraphy, which inspired this work—one of the artist’s final sculptures.
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.