The End of Fear – An Introduction

The End of Fear

The End of Fear – An Introduction

“The End of Fear” is a powerful piece by Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein that deals with the viewer directly on how to deal with the fear of leaving your home and being separated from your loved ones. His words of wisdom on this psychological experiment put a human face on a familiar subject matter and allowed him to explore the depths of anxiety and the psyche in a way few other artists have been able to accomplish. The result is a work that has helped change the way people think about the effects of anxiety on our emotions and our relationships with others.

The painting itself is an innovative interpretation of the theories of behavioral psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, which are both used to help patients change their negative thoughts and emotions, as well as helping them come to grips with their fears. The full-length painting takes place in a busy subway car, and the title refers to Lichtenstein’s statement that as he gets into the car each morning he thinks he sees a face looking back at him from the street. The painting then transitions to show the same face in a much larger composition, and finally we see it again from the outside with the train’s bright headlights illuminating it.

In many ways, the painting represents the journey of each of us through life. As we travel through life, some of us will encounter times when our fears will paralyze us and prevent us from progressing or even simply existing comfortably. The End of Fear is a beautiful example of how even a simple event, the appearance of a familiar face, can cause fear that ends up paralyzing us from progressing toward our goals. The importance of confronting these fears head-on by painting them, and allowing the paralyzing fear to surface before us, help us find strength in our character to move forward in our lives.