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Roy Lichtenstein

American, 1923-1997

Roy Lichtenstein is one of the principal figures of the American Pop art movement, along with Andy Warhol, James Rosenquist, Claes Oldenburg and Robert Rauschenberg.

Drawing inspiration from comic strips, Lichtenstein appropriated techniques commercial printing in his paintings, introducing a vernacular sensibility to the visual landscape of contemporary art. He employed visual elements such as the halftone dots that comprise a printed image, and a comic-inspired use of primary colors gave his paintings their signature “Pop” palette.

Born and raised in New York City, Lichtenstein enjoyed Manhattan’s myriad cultural offerings and comic books in equal measure. He began painting seriously as a teenager, studying watercolor painting at the Parsons School of Design in the late 1930s, and later at the Art Students League, where he worked with American realist painter Reginald Marsh. He began his undergraduate education at Ohio State University in 1940, and after a three-year stint in the United States Army during World War II, he completed his bachelor’s degree and then his master’s in fine arts. The roots of Lichtenstein’s interest in the convergence of high art and popular culture are evident even in his early years in Cleveland, where in the late 1940s, he taught at Ohio State, designed window displays for a department store and painted his own pieces.

Working at the height of the Abstract Expressionist movement in the 1950s, Lichtenstein deliberately eschewed the sort of painting that was held in high esteem by the art world and chose instead to explore the visual world of print advertising and comics. This gesture of recontextualizing a lowbrow image by importing it into a fine-art context would become a trademark of Lichtenstein’s artistic style, as well as a vehicle for his critique of the concept of good taste. His 1963 painting Whaam! confronts the viewer with an impact scene from a 1962-era issue of DC Comics’ All American Men of War. Isolated from its larger context, this image combines the playful lettering and brightly colored illustration of the original comic with a darker message about military conflict at the height of the Cold War. Crying Girl from the same year featured another of Lichtenstein’s motifs — a woman in distress, depicted with a mixture of drama and deadpan humor. His work gained a wider audience by creating a comic-inspired mural for the New York State Pavilion of the 1964 World's Fair, he went on to be represented by legendary New York gallerist Leo Castelli for 30 years.

In the 1970s and ’80s, Lichtenstein experimented with abstraction and began exploring basic elements of painting, as in this 1989 work Brushstroke Contest. In addition to paintings in which the brushstroke itself became the central subject, in 1984 he created a large-scale sculpture called Brushstrokes in Flight for the Port Columbus International Airport in Ohio. Still Life with Windmill from 1974 and the triptych Cow Going Abstract from 1982 both demonstrate a break from his earlier works where the subjects were derived from existing imagery. Here, Lichtenstein paints subjects more in line with the norms of art history — a pastoral scene and a still life — but he has translated their compositions into his signature graphic style, in which visual elements of printed comics are still a defining feature.

Lichtenstein’s work is represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, Tate Modern, and many others. He was awarded National Medal of Arts in 1995, two years before he passed away.

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Original I Love Liberty | 1982 | Roy Lichtenstein
By Roy Lichtenstein
Located in Spokane, WA
Original "I LOVE LIBERTY"; Artist: Roy Lichtenstein. Size: 24" x 39" Roy Lichtenstein, I Love Liberty is an original vintage authentic 1982 poster. Ready to frame. Printe...
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1980s Pop Art Roy Lichtenstein

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Lithograph

Chem IA
By Roy Lichtenstein
Located in Saint Augustine, FL
An original signed screenprint on Special Arjomari paper by American artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) titled "Chem IA", 1970. Hand pencil signed and dated by Lichtenstein lower ri...
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1970s Pop Art Roy Lichtenstein

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Screen

  • Chem IA
  • Chem IA
  • Chem IA
  • Chem IA
H 36.38 in. W 26.63 in.
THE COUPLE
By Roy Lichtenstein
Located in Aventura, FL
The Couple, from The Expressionist Woodcut Series. Woodcut in colors with embossing, on Arches Cover paper. Hand signed, numbered and dated in pencil. Edition of 50 (there were also ...
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1980s Pop Art Roy Lichtenstein

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Woodcut

Red Lamp
By Roy Lichtenstein
Located in Washington, DC
Artist: Roy Lichtenstein Medium: Original lithograph on Rives BFK paper Title: Red Lamp Year: 1992 Edition: 241/250 with 40 APs. Signed: Hand signed in pencil Framed Size: 31 1/2" x ...
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1990s Roy Lichtenstein

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Lithograph

"Roy Lichtenstein - Museum Ludwig" Original Vintage Pop Art Exhibition Poster
By Roy Lichtenstein
Located in Boston, MA
A fantastic 1984 German exhibition poster for Roy Lichtenstein, featuring his painting "M-Maybe He Became Ill..." This is a vintage poster and is guaranteed to be original. It is no...
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1980s Pop Art Roy Lichtenstein

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Screen

Mirror #6 (from Mirror Series), 1972
By Roy Lichtenstein
Located in Saugatuck, MI
A very rare Roy Lichtenstein limited edition artist proof hand-signed and numbered linocut and screen print inscribed "To Leo" as in Leo Castelli. The work was later purchased by Ge...
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1970s Pop Art Roy Lichtenstein

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Linocut, Screen

Roy Lichtenstein 'Real Estate' Lithograph 1969
By Roy Lichtenstein
Located in Delray Beach, FL
ROY LICHTENSTEIN This Real Estate lithograph in blue, 1969 is on Arches paper. There was an edition of 100 produced (there were also approximately 10 artist's proofs in Roman numeral...
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1960s Contemporary Roy Lichtenstein

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Lithograph

Red Barn
By Roy Lichtenstein
Located in Miami, FL
Hand signed rf Lichtenstein, numbered 10/250 and dated '69 in pencil lower left. Blind stamp lower right, Gabriele Mazzota Editore chop. Publisher Gabriele Mazzota Editore, Milan . T...
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1960s Contemporary Roy Lichtenstein

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Screen

  • Red Barn
  • Red Barn
  • Red Barn
  • Red Barn
H 19.07 in. W 26.07 in. D 0.2 in.
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