Lichtenstein Art is a blog about the art of Roy Lichtenstein. It is maintained by Jason Shulman, an independent scholar and collector of Roy Lichtenstein art.
The purpose of this blog is to provide information about the life, work, historical context and legacy of American Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein.
The posts may include features on exhibitions, books, articles and other media that are relevant to the study and appreciation of his work. (source: http://www.lichtensteinart.com/about/)
Lichtenstein Art is a blog about the art of Roy Lichtenstein. Although it’s primarily intended as a resource for serious students and professional art historians, it will also be of interest to anyone with an interest in the work of Roy Lichtenstein.
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A few notes on the self-portraits of Roy Lichtenstein Roy Lichtenstein Self-Portraits Roy Lichtenstein May 29, 2011
Roy Lichtenstein’s Look Mickey Mouse Painting Roy Lichtenstein Look Mickey Mouse Painting Roy Lichtenstein May 29, 2011
Roy Lichtenstein’s New York City Subway Paintings Roy Lichtenstein New York City Subway Paintings Roy Lichtenstein May 28, 2011
Roy Lichtenstein’s ‘I Can See the Whole Room…’ Paintings Roy Lichtenstein ‘I Can See the Whole Room…’ Paintings Roy Lichtenstein May 27, 2011
Roy Lichtenstein’s ‘Brushstroke’ Flattened Still Life Paintings Roy Lichtenstein ‘Brushstroke’ Flattened Still Life Paintings Roy Lichtenstein May 26, 2011
The Origins of The Brushstrokes in the Works of Roy Lichtenstein Roy Lichtensteins The Brushstrokes in His
Lichtenstein Art is a blog dedicated to the works of Roy Lichtenstein. I have really enjoyed researching and writing about the life and art of Roy Lichtenstein. There is so much to learn about this artist, who has had such a huge influence on the art world.
Trying to understand his work, I discovered that he was influenced by many different artists. From what I can see in some of his early paintings, he was heavily influenced by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol.
A lot of his work is inspired from comics. He would take pictures from the comics and put them into his own style and change them around. This was not considered very good in the art world when he did it in the 50’s, but it has become popular today. It is now known as Pop Art.
Roy Lichtenstein died in 1997 of cancer at age 73.”
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Image: Roy Lichtenstein, American Artist. Image source: Wikipedia
Roy Lichtenstein has been working as a painter since 1980. During his career he has created many paintings based on other people’s work but also on his own imagination. His most famous painting is Whaam! which is based on a comic strip from the 50s. He is one of the forerunners in pop art and was able to make his way into museums through exhibitions such as “The American Century”.
Roy Lichtenstein (October 27, 1923 – September 29, 1997) was an American pop artist. During the 1960s, along with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and James Rosenquist among others, he became a leading figure in the new art movement. His work defined the premise of pop art through parody. Inspired by the comic strip, Lichtenstein produced precise compositions that documented while it parodied often in a tongue-in-cheek manner American cultural icons. His work was influenced by popular advertising and the comic book style. He described Pop Art as “not ‘American’ painting but actually industrial painting”.
Lichtenstein was born in New York, into an upper-middle-class Jewish family. His father, Milton, was a real estate broker, his mother, Beatrice (née Meyers), a homemaker. He was raised on the Upper West Side and attended public school until the age of 12. He then attended New York’s Dwight School, graduating from Lincoln Square Academy in 1939. Lichtenstein first became interested in art and design as a hobby for his own amusement. In an interview with Fred Hoffman for PBS’s American Masters series, Lichtenstein stated that he
Roy Lichtenstein was an American pop artist. His work is often described as “parody” and while that’s not wrong, it’s also not nearly enough. He didn’t just parody comics. He took a genre of painting that had already been parodied many times before by other artists into the cartoonishness of his comic strip style, and turned it into a different kind of painting altogether.
Titled ‘Ohhh … Alright!!’, this is one of his most successful works. It depicts a man who has thrown up his hands and decided not to try anymore. This could be read as criticism of the culture he grew up in, but that would be giving him far too little credit. It isn’t just criticism; it’s criticism from within the culture, from someone who was on the inside enough to get the joke, but who then decided to make a whole new joke out of it.
“…Ah… alright…” may not have changed modern art history with one stroke, but it did prove that comic book art could be taken seriously as art, and that even Pop Art could be made more Pop.
And sometimes that is all you need to do.”
Lichtenstein’s most famous work, ‘Drowning Girl,’ is an example of a pop art piece whose power lies in its ability to communicate the complex feelings involved in an abstract topic. He was known for turning everyday images into something that was both familiar and difficult to understand.
Tina Barney once said of him, “He is so good at playing on the gaps in our knowledge and understanding.” His work makes us think about how we are impacted as a society by what we are exposed to, whether it be advertisements or comic books or any other media that feeds our culture.
These sorts of issues were discussed in the film ‘Art:21 – Art in the Twenty-First Century,’ which featured many of his pieces. It was a PBS television program created with Robert Storr and John G. Hanhardt from The Museum of Modern Art in New York City. The show first aired on PBS in 2002 and has since been released on DVD for home viewing and Netflix streaming.**