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Roy Lichtenstein

Born in: 1923 United States

  • Movement

    Abstract Expressionnism, Pop Art
  • Famous artist

    Roy Lichtenstein


    We know him for his depiction of crying women, specially blondes, he is nonetheless one of the most popular artists of the twentieth century. Roy Fox Lichtenstein was born in 1923 in Manhattan, New York and died in 1997. He was one of the biggest contributors of American Pop art, besides great masters of the genre such as Andy Warhol.

    At first, Roy Lichtenstein, drew during jazz concerts, which he was passionate about and portrayed the musicians. In 1939, he took summer classes at the art school "Students League of New York" and then he enrolled at the Ohio State University where he took some classes of Fine Arts. Later on, he became himself a professor in the same field, at Rutgers University, where he met Allan Kaprow who greatly influenced his artwork.

    In the beginning of his career, from 1951 to 1956, Lichtenstein alternated between Cubism and Expressionism, he then turned towards a more abstract form of Expressionism by the end of the 50s.

    To create his pieces, Roy Lichtenstein deliberately used the codes of popular culture. Comics and advertisements mixed in order to create a fantasy pop. He then started using the images of comic strips and commercial advertisements to expose American consumerism and turned them into derision.The more his pieces resembled the original, the more the critics were significant.

    In his pieces, the lines are thick, the colors bold and saturated. Roy Lichtenstein uses a specific technique, a mask, that allows him to give his images the aspect of a pattern of dots, evoking the screen printing process used in the advertising industry.

    His works can be found in collections in numerous museums all around the world.

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    Our recommendations Roy Lichtenstein, La nouvelle chute de l'Amérique : Une Fenêtre ouverte sur Chicago, Print

    Roy Lichtenstein

    La nouvelle chute de l'Amérique : Une Fenêtre ouverte sur Chicago, 1992
    20 x 14.9 inch


    Roy Lichtenstein, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Print

    Roy Lichtenstein

    The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1969
    29.1 x 29.1 x 0 inch


    Roy Lichtenstein, Crak! Now, Mes Petits, pour la France!, Print

    Roy Lichtenstein

    Crak! Now, Mes Petits, pour la France!, 1964
    18.5 x 27.2 x 0.4 inch


    Roy Lichtenstein, Red Apple and Yellow Apple from Seven Apple Woodcuts, Print

    Roy Lichtenstein

    Red Apple and Yellow Apple from Seven Apple Woodcuts, 1983
    33 x 42 inch


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