Modern Art - Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein's famous use of cartoon images in his art was both a parody of the comic book style and an homage to the popular culture. Typical of Pop Art in the 1960s, Lichtenstein's paintings incorporated the design culture of the mid-twentieth century. Other Pop Artists included Blake, Dine, Hamilton, Hockney, Johns, Kitaj, Oldenburg, Rauschenberg, Rosenquist, Thiebaud, Warhol.

Lichtenstein painted his pictures using the small circles that reproduce Ben Day dots, a technique used in printing on cheap papers.

Roy Lichtenstein may have defined the basic premises of Pop Art better than any other painter. His comic book paintings brought the archetypical heroes and heroines of popular culture and created in-your-face icons. Lichtenstein's paintings exhibit the commonplace images of industrial America but he carefully does not comment on the icons, neither exalting them, like an advertising, nor dismissing them like the Social Realists. Lichtenstein paintings simply present the internal and external landscape of our culture. Pop Artists typically dealt with the new, or store-bought-type images rather than refuse or garbage as utilized by the Junk sculptors of the same era.

Lichtenstein's mature work often involved thematic series, including interpretations of early Modernist styles of Cubism, Futurism and Surrealism.

In the 1980s - 1990s, Lichtenstein returned to the use of Ben Day dots and further elaborated and refined his signature style.