In the early 1960s, Lichtenstein produced several “fantasy drama” paintings of women in love affairs with domineering men causing women to be miserable. These works served as prelude to 1964 paintings of innocent “girls next door” in a variety of tenuous emotional states. Picasso’s depictions of weeping women may have influenced Lichtenstein to produce portrayals of vulnerable teary-eyed women.
A sometimes uncontrollable human emotion, sadness may be eternal for humanity. Until we are able to separate ourselves from our human nature, we may be stuck with it. If you could, would you rid yourself of your human limitations? Keep in mind, without sadness, its opposite would not exist.
Finding inspiration from Lichtenstein’s Crying Girl, I now welcome a small survey of weeping figures that can be found in art history.