Although his art may look simplistic, creating this particular piece was laborious. His inspiration was a 1963 Comic book about Girls' Romances. He began work on the Two Nudes in the Spring of 1993 and by December of that year, he had finally created the stencils which would be part of the screen printing process for the image.
Using his trademark palette of primary colours and bold outlines, Lichtenstein created this intimate scene using variable benday dots to create the image with a depth and suggestion of light. The benday dots are a printing process named after the printer Benjamin Day, which Lichtenstein utilized with great skill.
The Two Nudes features two naked girls as if in a comic strip piece. One with bright yellow hair and wearing only a blue hairband lies on the bed face down, as if upset.
Another girl touches her back tenderly, her bright red lips, emphasized. The window is open and some of the features within the room are clearly shown like a blue vase and the plant near the bed. While the viewer is encouraged to look at the scene, at the same time, the viewer may feel like a voyeur intruding on this quiet moment between the two girls.
Although his work was carefully hand-made, Lichtenstein manages to create a man-made or manufactured look to the piece. Lichtenstein used the piece to experiment further with tone and depth. He creates shadows and the females' curvaceous forms successfully, contrasting them with the angular shapes of the furniture and structural elements of the room.
Lichtenstein was criticised on many occasions for "copying" others' work, yet most of the old masters learnt their techniques by copying and were certainly inspired by other artists.
Both Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol were at the forefront of a new type of pop-art, for which much of the population was not yet ready to appreciate. Two Nudes is a wonderful example of his work and trademark style.