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Artists in 60 Seconds: Roy Lichtenstein

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Image © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein; Used with permission of Experience Music Project.

Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997) The Kiss, 1962 Oil on canvas 80 x 68 in. Private Collection of Paul G. Allen Image © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

Private Collection of Paul G. Allen Image © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

Movement, Style, School or Type of Art:

Pop Art

Date and Place of Birth:

October 27, 1923, New York City, New York

Life:

Roy Lichtenstein is one of the two most recognized names in Pop Art (Andy Warhol being the other). He is best known for his paintings of what appear to be machine-printed comic strips, although he was also fond of depicting advertisements. His work is characterized by his wry sense of humor, careful precision (he never let his brushwork show) and use of stencils to create the paintings' patterns of Ben Day dots. (Those were a tool graphic artists used before the advent of computer pixels.)

Important Works:

  • Look Mickey, 1961
  • Masterpiece, 1962
  • Whaam!, 1963
  • Good Morning Darling, 1964

Date and Place of Death:

September 29, 1997, New York City, New York

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