Roy publishes a crying girl in lithography in 1963. The blonde explodes in her anguish, her eyes biased toward some threat, the red mouth protected by the hand. The viewer is left free to interpret the cause and result of this defensive violence that definitely comes from a thriller.
The 1964 picture may appear as a following with the same girl. The source is known: No. 88 in Secret Hearts published by DC Comics in the previous year. The hand reaches the eye to take away a tear and the calmed girl is now touching in her great sorrow. She left the imaginary world and could be our next-door neighbor. The artist wished to express such a feeling of closeness.
Roy made a small preliminary drawing in graphite and color pencils. The rather stupid text from the comics is of course removed. This drawing was sold for $ 1,72M including premium by Christie's on November 13, 2007.
Roy is also an experimenter in art processes, like Warhol. He publishes a second crying girl in five copies 117 x 117 cm in enamel on steel. This technique allows to obtain a brilliance imitating the porcelain.
The printing dots appear on the enamel version. The preparatory drawing ignored the dots, signifying that they are not transmitted from the print of the magazine. Their regular pattern provides a smooth effect which is quite pleasant for the facial skin and contributes to the so sympathetic look of Roy's young blondes when they are not in fury.
One of the five copies is estimated $ 7M for sale by Christie's in New York on November 9, lot 22A.
SOLD for $ 13.4M including premium