Hopeless isa panting by Roy Lichtenstein created in 1963, capturing the portrait of awoman in tears. His subject matter, use of color, and focal point produce agloomy mood accompanied by the artist’s pop-up style that both attract theviewer and makes them sympathize with the woman in the painting. The subject matter is themessage that the author is trying to convey, Lichtenstein conveys this messageof sadness through the expression of the girl and the text accompanied by her.The text reads “That’s the way – it shouldhave begun! But it’s hopeless!”, ina bubble that in the pop-up and cartoon world usually signifies thoughtsinstead of direct quotes.
This is a very emotional painting that almost comesacross as a heartbreak. This woman in tears reflecting over a possible brokenromance that has no way of continuing because of a bad “start”. The words”should” and “begun” look bolded compared to the others, which reinforces thisbelief and version of the painting. Although the text doesreinforce the idea of a heartbreak, it is not exactly the focal point of theart piece, and even one of the last things that grab the viewer’s attention.The face of the woman covers most of the canvas, but what captures attentionthe most are her eyes. As people say, sometimes our eyes speak louder thanwords, and that is what Lichtenstein might have tried to get across. Herexpression screams sadness, the curve of her eyebrows, the way her eyes are notcompletely open, and most obvious the tears running on her face. Her close-upis made to evoke and emotion of sorrow for whoever looks at it.
At last, the brightcolors of the painting are what give it character and add to this particular artstyle. Starting from her flashing blonde hair to the red and black background,every detail enhances the piece. Such simple and used colors that broughttogether perform a strong impact. The pink color of her skin highlight herlight blue eyes, complementing the negative space that serves as her tears,which we follow all the way to the blue platform she’s laying on filled withher fallen tears. The dark colors of red and black make the text bubble morevisible to the eye.
Her bright hair and the bolded curvy strokes along it, herface, her shirt, help the pop-up style that Lichtenstein is famous for. Lichtenstein created Hopeless, a heart-felt painting thatconnects this woman to the viewer leaving them wondering what happened to herand what could have made her so upset. With his use of focal point, color, andsubject matter, he succeeds in portraying a sad topic by using a cartoonishstyle that is usually connected with more cheerful themes.