Roy Lichtenstein Art

Roy Lichtenstein (USA, 1923–97)

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 the 1962 DC Comic 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.

Study of Hands
Study of Hands
Roy Lichtenstein
1980s Pop Art Prints and Multiples
Lithograph, Screen
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Roy Lichtenstein Study of Hands 1981 Lithograph and Screenprint in colors on Rives BFK paper 32 X 33 in. Edition of 100 Pencil signed, dated and numbered ...
Two Apples
Two Apples
Roy Lichtenstein
1980s Pop Art Prints and Multiples
Woodcut
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Roy Lichtenstein Two Apples 1983 Woodcut on hand made paper 29 7/8 x 39 1/4 in. Edition of 60 Pencil signed, dated and numbered Accompanied with COA by G...
Crak!
Crak!
Roy Lichtenstein
1960s Prints and Multiples
Lithograph
Offset color lithograph
Composition 1
Composition 1
Roy Lichtenstein
1990s Prints and Multiples
Screen
Edition 2 of 50
Moonscape, from 11 Pop Artists, Volume I
Moonscape, from 11 Pop Artists, Volume I
Roy Lichtenstein
1960s Landscape Prints
Screen
Screenprint in colors on blue Rowlux
Bull Profile Series
Bull Profile Series
Roy Lichtenstein
1970s Pop Art Prints and Multiples
Screen
Medium: Screenprint, lithograph, and linocut Sheet size: 27 x 35 inches, each Printer: Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, CA Publisher: Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, CA Edition size: 100, pl...
Apple and Lemon
Apple and Lemon
Roy Lichtenstein
1980s Contemporary Still-life Prints
Woodcut
From the Seven Apple Woodcuts series. Printed and published by Petersburg Press, Inc., London & New York. Signed lower right and numbered and dated in pencil. Seven colors in seven r...
Crying Girl
Crying Girl
Roy Lichtenstein
1960s Contemporary Portrait Prints
Lithograph
Hand signed in pencil lower right. Printed by Colorcraft, New York. Published by Leo Castelli Gallery, New York. Catalogue Raisonné The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein 1948-1997: Corlett ...
View from the Window
View from the Window
Roy Lichtenstein
1980s Contemporary Landscape Prints
Screen, Woodcut
From the Landscapes Series. Printed and published by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles. Signed, dated '85 and numbered in pencil with publisher's blindstamp in bottom margin. 28 colors in 3...
Reverie
Reverie
Roy Lichtenstein
1960s Contemporary Portrait Prints
Screen
From 11 Pop Artists, Volume II, Printed by Knickerbocker Machine and Foundry, Inc., New York. Published by Original Editions, New York. Signed lower right and numbered lower left in ...
Dr. Waldmann
Dr. Waldmann
Roy Lichtenstein
1980s Pop Art Prints and Multiples
Woodcut
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Roy Lichtenstein Dr. Waldmann 1980 Woodcut with embossing on Arches Cover paper 41 5/8 x 34 1/4 in. Edition of 50 Pencil signed, dated and numbered Accom...
Nude In The Woods
Nude In The Woods
Roy Lichtenstein
1980s Pop Art Prints and Multiples
Woodcut
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Roy Lichtenstein Nude In The Woods 1980 Woodcut with embossing on Arches Cover paper 39 3/4 x 35 5/8 in. Edition of 50 Pencil signed, dated and numbered ...
Nude On a Beach
Roy Lichtenstein
1970s Pop Art Prints and Multiples
Lithograph
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Roy Lichtenstein Nude On Beach 1978 Lithograph on Arches paper 25 3/4 x 24 1/2 in. Edition of 38 Pencil signed, dated and numbered Accompanied with COA b...
Reflections on Expressionist Painting
Roy Lichtenstein
1990s Pop Art Prints and Multiples
Screen
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Roy Lichtenstein Reflections on Expressionist Painting 1990 Screenprint in encaustic wax and magna on paper 59 1/2 x 39 3/8 in. Edition of 60 Pencil signe...
Red and yellow Apple
Roy Lichtenstein
1980s Pop Art Prints and Multiples
Woodcut
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Roy Lichtenstein Red and yellow Apple 1983 Woodcut on handmade Iwano Kizuki Hosho paper 27 7/8 x 37 3/8 in. Edition of 60 Pencil signed, dated and numbere...
American Indian Theme V, from American Indian T...
Roy Lichtenstein
1980s Pop Art Prints and Multiples
Woodcut
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Roy Lichtenstein American Indian Theme V, from American Indian Theme 1980 Woodcut in colors on Suzuki handmade paper 31 3/4 x 41 1/2 in. Edition of 50 Pen...
Red Lamp
Roy Lichtenstein
1990s Interior Prints
Lithograph
ROY LICHTENSTEIN 1923-1997 1923 - New York -1997 (American) Title: Red Lamp, 1992 Technique: Original Hand Signed, Numbered and Dated Lithograph in Colours on Wove Paper Paper si...
Sweet Dreams Baby!
Roy Lichtenstein
1960s Contemporary Portrait Prints
Screen
From the "11 Pop Artists Portfolio, Volume III", Corlett 39. Hand signed and numbered in pencil. Publisher: Original Editions, New York. Printer: Knickerbocker Machine and Foundry, I...
Reflections on Soda Fountain
Roy Lichtenstein
1990s Contemporary Interior Prints
Screen
Numbered, signed and dated lower right: rf Lichtenstein '91 in pencil. Published and printed by Gemini G.E.L. Los Angeles. Catalogue Raisonné The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein 1948-1997...
Composition IV
Roy Lichtenstein
1990s Pop Art Prints and Multiples
Screen
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Roy Lichtenstein Composition IV 1995 Screenprint 22 3/8 x 27 3/8 in. Edition of 120 Pencil signed, dated and numbered Accompanied with COA by Gregg Shienb...
Brushstroke Canvas
Roy Lichtenstein
1980s Pop Art Prints and Multiples
Lithograph
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Roy Lichtenstein Brushstroke Canvas 1989 Lithograph 37 15/16 x 36 1/4 in. Edition of 40 Pencil signed, dated and numbered Accompanied with COA by Gregg Sh...
Roy Lichtenstein, Sandwich and Soda, screenprin...
Roy Lichtenstein
1960s Pop Art Still-life Prints
Screen
In Sandwich and Soda, Lichtenstein invigorates the western still life in terms of popular culture. Objects are centered on a tabletop, in accordance with the conventions of still lif...
Roy Lichtenstein, Imperfect Print for B.A.M, wo...
Roy Lichtenstein
1980s Pop Art Abstract Prints
Screen, Woodcut
Woodcut and screenprint in colours, 1987, on Arches, signed and dated in pencil from the edition of 75, numbered published by Parasol Press, Ltd., New York, from The Brooklyn Academy...
Roy Lichtenstein, Rain Forest, screenprint, 199...
Roy Lichtenstein
1990s Pop Art Figurative Prints
Screen
Lichtenstein’s “Rain Forest” is a screenprint that was part of the 27-print portfolio “Columbus: In Search of a New Tomorrow.” The portfolio was formulated by Artists United for Natu...
Blonde, from the Brushstroke Figures Series
Roy Lichtenstein
1980s Contemporary Figurative Prints
Woodcut
From the "Brushstroke Figures" series, 1989. Hand signed rf Lichtenstein, dated ('89) and numbered in pencil with Graphicstudio blindstamp lower right . Published Waddington Graphics...
Reflections on Soda Fountain
Roy Lichtenstein
1990s Contemporary Interior Prints
Screen
Numbered, signed and dated lower right: rf Lichtenstein '91 in pencil. Published and printed by Gemini G.E.L. Los Angeles. Catalogue raisonné Corlett 257. Gemini Catalogue raisonné n...
Crying Girl
Roy Lichtenstein
1990s Pop Art Prints and Multiples
Lithograph, Offset
Offset Lithograph National Gallery of Art Exhibition Print Signed bottom right
Reflections on Crash
Roy Lichtenstein
20th Century Pop Art Prints and Multiples
Lithograph, Screen
Reflections on Crash, from Reflections Series lithograph, screenprint and relief in colors, with metalized PVC collage with embossing, 1990, on Somerset paper, signed and dated in p...
Brushstrokes
Roy Lichtenstein
1960s Abstract Prints
Screen
Publisher: Leo Castelli Gallery, NY Edition Size: 300 Catalogue Raissone: Corlett 45 Signed and numbered, lower margin
Untitled
Roy Lichtenstein
21st Century and Contemporary Contemporary Prints and Multiples
Screen
Created in support of the Art Production Fund in conjunction with the Estate of Roy Lichtenstein, this original screenprint on a glossy paper plate contains a label (verso) with the ...
Green Face
Roy Lichtenstein
Late 20th Century Prints and Multiples
Lithograph, Screen, Woodcut
From the Brushstroke Figure series, Green Face was created by Roy Lichtenstein in 1989 as an original lithograph, woodcut and screenprint.  The artwork measures 58 9/10 x 41 in. (149...
Grandpa from the Brushstroke Figures Series
Roy Lichtenstein
1980s Contemporary Figurative Prints
Woodcut
From the "Brushstroke Figures" series, 1989. Hand signed rf Lichtenstein, dated ('89) and numbered in pencil with Graphicstudio blindstamp lower right . Published Waddington Graphics...
Brushstroke (Leo Castelli Gallery Invitation)
Roy Lichtenstein
1960s Pop Art Abstract Prints
Offset
Original invitation mailer by Leo Castelli to announce Roy Lichtenstein’s exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery, 20 November – 16 December 1965. Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997) ...
Reflections on Crash
Roy Lichtenstein
20th Century Pop Art Prints and Multiples
Lithograph, Screen
Reflections on Crash, from Reflections Series lithograph, screenprint and relief in colors, with metalized PVC collage with embossing, 1990, on Somerset paper, signed and dated in p...
Virtual Interior: Portrait of a Duck
Roy Lichtenstein
Late 20th Century Prints and Multiples
Screen
Created in 1995 for renowned art collector, Michael Ovitz during his tenure as President of The Walt Disney Company, Virtual Interior: Portrait of a Duck is an original screenprint b...
Crying Girl
Roy Lichtenstein
Mid-20th Century Pop Art Figurative Prints
Lithograph, Offset
From the original printing with folds, unsigned and unnumbered as issued 
 (Created in 1963 as an invitation to the opening of Lichtenstein’s first exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery...
Two Apples
Roy Lichtenstein
Late 20th Century Contemporary Prints and Multiples
Woodcut
As one of seven original woodcut prints in the artist’s Seven Apple Woodcut series, Two Apples is a beautiful example of the prints in this series. Signed, dated and numbered in pen...
Haystack Series
Roy Lichtenstein
1960s Landscape Prints
Lithograph
A complete set of seven lithographs. Each sheet is signed, dated, and numbered in pencil, lower margin
Imperfect 63 3/8" x 88 7/8"
Roy Lichtenstein
1980s Abstract Prints
Screen, Woodcut
Artist: Roy Lichtenstein Medium: Original woodcut and screenprint on 3-ply Supra 100 paper Title: Imperfect 63 3/8" x 88 7/8" Year: 1988 Edition: 29/45 Framed Size: 94 7/8 x 69 5/16 ...
Landscape with Red Sky Poster
Roy Lichtenstein
1980s Pop Art Landscape Prints
Lithograph, Offset
An original offset-lithograph exhibition poster on wove paper by American artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) titled "Landscape with Red Sky Poster", 1985. Limited edition: 500. Prin...
Brushstroke
Roy Lichtenstein
1960s Pop Art Figurative Prints
Screen
Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997) Brushstroke, 1965 Medium: Screen print on paper Dimensions: 58.2 × 72.1 cm (22 9/10 × 28 2/5 in) Edition of 280: Hand signed and numbered, rect...
Vintage Offset Lithograph 'CRAK' Roy Lichtenste...
Roy Lichtenstein
20th Century Pop Art Prints and Multiples
Lithograph, Screen
This is a offset lithograph in colors. it is a beautiful piece in nice condition. this is not signed in pencil. Crak! (sometimes Crack!) is a 1963 pop art lithograph by Roy Lichtenst...
Foot Medication by Roy Lichtenstein 1963
Roy Lichtenstein
1960s Pop Art Figurative Prints
Offset
Artist: Roy Lichtenstein, American (1923 - 1997) Title: Foot Medication (C. App. 3) Year: 1963 Medium: Offset Lithograph Poster, signed in pencil Image Size: 15.5 x 15.75 inches ...
This Must Be the Place (C. III.20), by Roy Lich...
Roy Lichtenstein
1960s Pop Art Landscape Prints
Offset
Artist: Roy Lichtenstein, American (1923 - 1997) Title: This Must Be the Place (C. III.20) Year: 1965 Medium: Offset Lithograph, signed in the plate and in pencil l.r. Image Size: 21...
Reflections on Crash
Roy Lichtenstein
1990s Pop Art Figurative Prints
PVC, Lithograph, Screen
A lithograph, screenprint, relief, and metalized pvc collage by Pop Artist Roy Lichentenstein. "Reflections on Crash" is executed in brilliant primary colors and black and ...
Joanna
Roy Lichtenstein
1960s Pop Art Abstract Prints
Offset
Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997) Joanna, 1968 Medium: Offset lithograph on white wove paper Dimensions: 51.8 x 70.3 cm Edition size unknown: Hand signed “rf Lichtenstein” in pe...
Untitled
Roy Lichtenstein
Late 20th Century Contemporary Mixed Media
This Lichtenstein plate, commissioned by Rosenthal/Germany, is hand-colored porcelain, stamp signed and inscribed  “Kunstlerplatzteller" / "Rosenthal Studio-Linie Germany" (verso), m...
Composition IV
Roy Lichtenstein
20th Century Pop Art Prints and Multiples
Screen
Created as a screenprint by Roy Lichtenstein in 1995, Composition IV – also referred to as Musical Notes – is hand-signed, dated and numbered in pencil, measuring 22 ¼ x 27 3/8 in. (...
Red and Yellow Apple
Roy Lichtenstein
Late 20th Century Prints and Multiples
Woodcut
As one of seven original woodcut prints in the artist’s Seven Apple Woodcut series, Red and Yellow Apple is a beautiful example of the prints in this series.  Signed, dated and numbe...
Green Face, from Brushstroke Figures
Roy Lichtenstein
1980s Pop Art Prints and Multiples
Wax, Lithograph, Screen, Woodcut
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Roy Lichtenstein Green Face, from Brushstroke Figures 1989 Lithograph, Waxtype, Woodcut and screenprint on 638-g/m2 cold-pressed Saunders Waterford paper 59...
Nude, from Brushstroke Figures
Roy Lichtenstein
1980s Pop Art Prints and Multiples
Wax, Lithograph, Screen, Woodcut
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Roy Lichtenstein Nude, from Brushstroke Figures 1989 Lithograph, Waxtype, Woodcut and screenprint on 638-g/m2 cold-pressed Saunders Waterford paper 56 1/4 x...
Mask, from Brushstroke Figures
Roy Lichtenstein
1980s Pop Art Prints and Multiples
Lithograph, Screen, Woodcut
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Roy Lichtenstein Mask, from Brushstroke Figures 1989 Lithograph, Waxtype, Collage, Woodcut and screenprint on 638-g/m2 cold-pressed Saunders Waterford paper ...
Crak!
Roy Lichtenstein
1960s Pop Art More Prints
Lithograph
Crak!, 1963-64 Yellow and Red Colored offset lithograph 1960's American Pop Art French Brunette Woman with Red Beret "Now, Mes Petits...Pour La France!" 18.5 x 27 inches, 31 x 39 i...
I Love Liberty
Roy Lichtenstein
20th Century Pop Art Prints and Multiples
Screen
A remarkable screenprint by Roy Lichtenstein created in 1982, I Love Liberty is signed, dated and numbered in pencil, measures  38 3/8 x 27 1/8 in. (97.5 x 69 cm) from the edition of...
Untitled
Roy Lichtenstein
20th Century Pop Art Abstract Prints
Porcelain
Untitled by Roy Lichtenstein (after). This hand-painted porcelain plate was created by in 1990. Stamp signed (recto), inscribed and numbered (verso), from the edition of 3000 measuri...
Red Lamp
Roy Lichtenstein
Late 20th Century Contemporary Prints and Multiples
Lithograph
The Art Takes Care Benefit for the Village Nursing Home (an AIDS and geriatric care facility) in New York, was initiated by Leo Castelli as a celebration of the gallery’s 35th annive...
Nude on Beach
Roy Lichtenstein
Late 20th Century Contemporary Prints and Multiples
Lithograph
From the artist’s, Surrealist Series, Nude on Beach is an original lithograph created by the artist in 1978. It is signed, dated and numbered in pencil and measures 25 ¾ x 24 ½ in. ...
Shipboard Girl
Roy Lichtenstein
1960s Pop Art Prints and Multiples
Lithograph, Offset
This offset lithograph in colors on thin wove paper was created in 1965. Signed by the artist in pencil from the edition of unknown size, it measures 27 ¼ x 20 ¼ inches (69 x 51.5 cm...
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