The Melody Haunts My Reverie

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The Melody Haunts My Reverie
The Melody Haunts My Reverie.jpeg
ArtistRoy Lichtenstein
MovementPop art
Dimensions61 cm × 76 cm (24 in × 30 in)

The Melody Haunts My Reverie is a 1965 screen print by Roy Lichtenstein, referencing Mitchell Parish's 1929 lyrics for the 1927 song "Stardust" by Hoagy Carmichael, and possibly rooted in the artist's love of jazz.[1][2] The print was issued under the title Reverie.[3]

The work was created as part of the portfolio, 11 Pop Artists, published by Original Editions in New York City, and printed at Knickerbocker Machine & Foundry Inc., also in New York.[3] The complete portfolio consists of 33 prints by 11 artists and was issued in an edition of 200. Other works by Lichtenstein in the portfolio are Sweet Dreams, Baby!, 1965 and Moonscape, 1965.[4] An impression of The Melody Haunts My Reverie sold at Sotheby's in 2016 for $137,500.[5]

The woman in the image, holding a microphone, was likened to modern character of Betty Draper from Mad Men.[2] The print was described as being among those that "don't lower art to the level of the comic strip but raise the comic strip to the level of high art".[6]

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  1. ^ Doug Ramsey (December 28, 2011). "Correspondence: On Hoagy". ArtsJournal. Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b Sarah Churchwell (23 February 2013). "Roy Lichtenstein: from heresy to visionary". Retrieved 28 June 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Roy Lichtenstein, Reverie from 11 Pop Artists". Museum of Modern Art.
  4. ^ "Various Artists, 11 Pop Artists, 1966". Museum of Modern Art.
  5. ^ "Roy Lichtenstein (b. 1923) The Melody Haunts My Reverie, from 11 Pop Artists, Volume II (Bianchini 10; Corlett 38)". Sotheby's. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  6. ^ John Dorsey (October 1, 1997). "He raised comics to high art Appreciation: A shy man, Roy Lichtenstein paid homage to the art of the past with his exuberant works". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 28 June 2013.