Modern artists you should know #6
Roy Lichtenstein 1923-1997
Lichenstein was born in New York in 1923. He left high school in 1940 and enrolled at Ohio state Universety’s School of Fine Arts. Between 1952 and 1955, Lichtenstein focused on typically American subjects. He was interested in expressionism, abstraction, and painted wooden structures. In 1961, Lichtenstein decided to abandon his expressive style, opting instead for industrial printing technology and speech bubbles. Look, Mickey was the first large-scale oil painting in which he worked with sharply outlined figures and industrial paints.
Liechtenstein, like Andy Warhol, became a key figure in the devolpment of Pop Art. His best-known works focus on subjects from comics, which he portrayed with his distingtive, outsize dot-screen technique (As used in commercial art). The speech bubbles attached to his protagonists humorously capture the idiom of everyday conversation, highlighting the mass media on his work.
Roy Lichtenstein, Look Mickey, 1961, oil and Magna on canvas
Roy Lichtenstein, Drowning Girl, 1963, Magna on canvas
Roy Lichtenstein, M-Maybe (A Girl’s Picture), 1965, Magna on canvas
Roy Lichtenstein, Figures in Landcape, 1977, Magna on canvas