To modern art enthusiasts and even casual observers the artwork of Roy Lichtenstein needs no introduction. The Museum of Modern Art has one of the largest collections extant of his work. Recently, MoMA published a couple of decks of cards celebrating his work. I don’t know if the publication of these decks was occasioned by a special exhibition of Lichtenstein’s work, but at least 2 decks resulted. The back design of one of them celebrates his screenprint “The Melody Haunts My Reverie,” from 1965. As relevant to MoMA, it was one of a portfolio of eleven screenprints by various artists published as “11 Pop Artists, Volume II.” The Joker in the deck is Lichtenstein’s “Sweet Dreams, Baby!,” a print from “11 Pop Artists, Volume III.”
The work is described as follows in Wikipedia:
“The Melody Haunts My Reverie is a 1965 screen printing by Roy Lichtenstein, referring to the 1927 song ‘Stardust’ by Hoagy Carmichael (Lichtenstein loved jazz). The painting is housed in Housatonic Museum of Art and another copy signed by Lichtenstein is kept in Neuberger Museum of Art.
“The woman on the image, holding a microphone, was likened to modern character of Betty Draper from Mad Men. The painting 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.’ A version of The Melody Haunts My Reverie from 11 Pop Artists, Volume II was recently sold at Sotheby's for $137,500.”
Listed here is a mint, sealed deck of these cards. The pictures of the listing are from an open deck, but the deck for sale is mint and sealed. The deck has 52 suited cards, plus 2 of the “Sweet Dreams, Baby!” Joker noted above, plus a backed extra card describing the images. The cards are wide, measuring 88mm x 63mm, and come in the original hard plastic box. The cards were made in China, but they are the quality one would expect of a product published by MoMA.
The cards and box are mint and sealed.
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Museum of Modern Art “Roy Lichtenstein: The Melody Haunts My Reverie” Playing Cards, “Sweet Dreams, Baby!” Joker, China Maker Unknown