Known for his characteristic use of Ben-Day dots, a visual effect created through the proliferation of dots to achieve larger sweeps of color and form, 'Shipboard Girl' offers a culmination of Lichtenstein’s visual techniques as well as his frequent use of an incomplete narrative. Here, the viewer is presented with an image of a beautiful blonde aboard a luxury liner, however, her exact feeling and expression remain unknown.
Roy Lichtenstein (American, b. 1923) was a leading figure in the Pop art movement of the 1960s. Following a three-year stint in the army, Lichtenstein completed his degree at Ohio State University. While there, he met Hoyt L. Sherman, his professor and mentor who has been credited with influencing Lichtenstein’s future work. Shifting between cubism and expressionism, Lichtenstein’s oeuvre is characteristically marked by a highly stylized, comic book-like drawing, bright colors and very precise, graphic, compositions. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Ohio State University in 1949.