Roy Fox Lichtenstein (; October 27, 1923 – September 29, 1997) was an American pop artist. During the 1960s, along with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and James Rosenquist among others, he became a leading figure in the new art movement. His work defined the premise of pop art through parody. Inspired by the comic strip, Lichtenstein produced precise compositions that documented while they parodied, often in a tongue-in-cheek manner. His work was influenced by popular advertising and the comic book style. He described pop art as "not 'American' painting but actually industrial painting". His paintings were exhibited at the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York City.
Whaam! and Drowning Girl are generally regarded as Lichtenstein's most famous works, with Oh, Jeff...I Love You, Too...But... arguably third. Drowning Girl, Whaam! and Look Mickey are regarded as his most influential works. His most expensive piece is Masterpiece, which was sold for $165 million in January 2017.
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Pop art is an art movement that emerged in the 1950s and flourished in the 1960s in America and Britain ...
Comic strip art is art that imitates the style, commercial printing techniques and subject matter of comic strips
Whaam! has been described as one of the most powerful monuments of 1960s Pop Art, and remains one of Tate ...
Roy Lichtenstein was widely regarded as one of the key figures of American Pop Art. A pioneer of a new ...