The picture is based on a panel from the 1964 DC National Comics romance comic Girls’ Romances #105. The comic painting Sleeping Girl (1964) from the collection of Beatrice and Phillip Gersh set a new Lichtenstein record at Sotheby’s on May 9, 2012, fetching $44.8 million. As founding members of The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Gershes were crucial in the modern and contemporary art movements in Southern California (MOCA). I Can See the Whole Room…, and There’s Nobody in It! set the previous record for a Lichtenstein painting when it sold for $43.2 million in November 2011.
After 1963, Lichtenstein’s comics-based women “…look hard, crisp, brittle, and uniformly modish in appearance, as if they all came out of the same pot of makeup.” This is one of several examples where the hair has been chopped so closely that it extends over the canvas’s edges. The piece is notable for its use of a timeless topic in art: the sleeping female muse.