Lichtenstein painted Drowning Girl in 1963 inspired by both the comics "Run for Love!", illustrated by Tony Abruzzo and from the Great Wave of Kanagawa of Hokusai.
Lichtenstein’s intention was to highlight that there is no high art or low art and that comics could be considered « fine art ».
The comments are of the art dealer Irving Blum who was showing Lichtenstein’s work in an exhibition opening on April 1st 1963 at the Ferus Gallery in LA.
Andy Warhol, another artist shown at the Ferus Gallery, makes a referral to appropriation art with the emoji based on The Scream by Edvard Munch.
Roy's Drowning Girl, 2018, Acrylic on canvas, 30" x 24" (76 x 61 cm)