Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) was one of the most influential and innovative artists of the second half of the 20th century. During the 1960s, along with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and James Rosenquist among others, he became a leading figure in the new Pop Art movement. His first paintings were based on imagery lifted from comic strips and advertisements. These paintings reinvigorated the American art scene and altered the history of modern art. Lichtenstein’s success was matched by his focus and energy, and after his initial triumph in the early 1960s, he went on to create an oeuvre of more than 5,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, murals and other objects celebrated for their wit and
invention. The artist ventured beyond popular comic book subjects, creating paintings based on oils by Cézanne, Mondrian and Picasso, as well as still life and landscapes which include his ‘Interiors’, mural-sized canvases.
In 1966, he represented the United States at the Venice Biennale and by the 1970s, he had already enjoyed major shows at the Pasadena Art
Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, and the Guggenheim in New York.
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