The above image is from a painting by Roy Lichtenstein. One of his most famous pieces, it was initially sold for $165 in the 1960s, and has been appraised at $25 million today.
Roy Lichtenstein was born in Manhattan on October 27, 1923. He served in World War II and then studied at Ohio State University and the Art Institute of Chicago.
In 1951, he moved to Los Angeles where he produced his first paintings that resembled mechanical or industrial subjects. Over the next decade these would become his trademark style- bold, graphic images created using Ben-Day dots – dots made up of primary colors- red, blue and yellow.
Lichtenstein used ordinary objects as inspiration for his art – often comic strips like the one above illustrating his work- such as playing cards, ads, and even garbage cans.
He passed away on September 29th 1997 at the age of 73. He left behind a wife, Dorothy Herzka and two children named Christopher Lichtenstein and David Lichtenstein.
Today’s work of art is titled “Blam,” from 1961. The original painting hangs in the Tate Modern Museum in London. The piece is part of a much larger series which includes 22 other works based on this same subject
For those that don’t know who Roy Lichtenstein is, he’s an American pop artist from the 1960s. He is best known for his comic-style paintings and his use of Benday dots which influenced many other pop artists in the 60s and 70s.
He was one of the first pop artists to have a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art back in 1964. The exhibition included his most important works, such as Whaam! (1963), Drowning Girl (1963) and Look Mickey (1961). These were paintings of subject matter such as war, romance, advertising and television that clearly reflected the kitschy aesthetic of comics.
The paintings also paid homage to masters like Picasso, Mondrian and Klee.
Lichtenstein did not paint only comic-style works, though. He also explored various techniques including collage, sculpture and film making. His famous works are Popeye series and Brushstroke series.
He passed away in 1997 but his work continues to be relevant and popular today.
Roy Lichtenstein was born in Manhattan, New York City on October 27, 1923.
Lichtenstein’s early work was mostly abstract expressionist paintings. His first one-man exhibition was in 1948 at the Carlebach Gallery in New York; it included his first painting of a comic strip, an investigation of Dada and Surrealism called Whaam! (1952). He then spent two years (1951–1952) at the Cleveland School of Art, along with his close friend James Rosenquist, before returning to New York to study at the Académie Julian in Paris and then the Yale University School of Art, from which he graduated with a BFA in 1953.
In 1955 his first solo exhibition was held at the Carlebach Gallery. This exhibition included works that Lichtenstein still regarded as abstract, but which were already based on recognizable images. In 1956 he began teaching at Douglass College, Rutgers University in New Jersey.
A major retrospective of his work took place at the Museum of Modern Art in 1964; he was awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters by Ohio State University in 1965, and appointed a member of the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1966; and another retrospective occurred at the Solomon R. G
Roy Lichtenstein was born in New York in 1923. He studied at the Art Students League and the Hans Hofmann School of Fine Arts, and later became well known for his American Pop Art paintings. Roy Lichtenstein’s art is often known for its bold brushstrokes and comic book style. Roy Lichtenstein has become one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.
Towards the end of his life, Roy Lichtenstein turned his attention to sculpture, producing work such as “Girl with Ball” (1995), a large-scale bronze statue that references one of his earlier paintings “Drowning Girl” (1963). The artist died in 1997 at the age of 73.
Roy Lichtenstein gained widespread recognition with his use of Ben-Day dots, which he used to create a mechanical aesthetic and cartoon-like appearance in some of his works. In 1963 he began painting images taken from comic strips, such as “Oh, Jeff…I Love You, Too…But…” (1963) which depicts an emotional scene between a man and a woman from a romance comic strip by Dorothy Iannone.
From 1963 on he produced many paintings using sources from advertising and cartoons. His work was exhibited at the Leo Castelli Gallery
Roy Lichtenstein was an American pop artist. He became famous with his comic-strip images. His works are characterized by large scale, bright colors and bold lines. The artist is best known for his paintings of ordinary objects such as cartoons, advertisements or comic strips.
Lichtenstein’s paintings were often described as “painterly,” a term that suggests both their brushy style and the way they alter familiar subjects through exaggeration and replication. He is also noted for his use of Ben-Day dots, which bring to mind the industrial printing process in reproducing color comics.
A comic book panel is the most common source for Lichtenstein’s subjects; he also made paintings from photographs, as well as from modern artworks. “I have always felt that my paintings are actually an extension of the same thing I’d been doing all along – in a different medium,” he said just before his death in 1997. “I don’t see any break between the different media at all.”
There is a painting by Roy Lichtenstein which you have probably seen many times without knowing it. It is the I Can See the Whole Room…and There’s Nobody in It! painting, standing in front of which the main character in the film Billy Madison pulls a gun out of his trousers, looks at it, and puts it away again.
I can see the whole room…and there’s nobody in it! is a large-scale pop art painting that depicts an interior scene from a stereotypical American diner. This particular piece is part of Lichtenstein’s Drowning Girl series, which he painted in 1963. In this series, he used an image taken from a comic book cover, based on its popularity among young soldiers who served during World War II.
As one of his most famous works, I Can See the Whole Room…and There’s Nobody in It! has been used for various commercial purposes. It was used as a cover for a Billy Madison DVD and as an advertisement for Budweiser beer. In 2013, an enlarged version of the painting was even used as a projection screen at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate.
The image in I Can See the Whole Room…and There’s Nobody in It! is an obvious parody of comic books and
But you can be as creative as you want in other areas. You can set your own schedule, decide how to spend the money you make, and choose the people you work with. You can start a company or a blog — any kind of project that interests you — and grow it at your own pace.
You can be creative in small ways too. If you’re going to do something anyway, like commute to work, why not choose the route that gets you to work five minutes earlier? Or spend the time waiting for a bus reading something interesting instead of mindlessly checking your phone?
Of course, there are lots of other things that could distract you from being creative. It’s easy to get caught up in social media or binge-watching TV shows. But we don’t have to succumb to these distractions; we can train ourselves to avoid them.