Important 20th century Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein’s work came directly from the pages of pulp fiction novels and comic books. Lichtenstein originally taught at a university, drawing inspiration from artists who depicted everyday life. He first painted semi-abstract Old West scenes, before shifting to Americana. He later produced comic strip scenes printed with a process that replicated comic book-style dots. In other works, Lichtenstein explored the contradictions of three dimensions represented on flat surfaces.
"I'm not really sure what social message my art carries, if any. And I don't really want it to carry one." ~ Roy Lichtenstein
Roy Lichtenstein (1923 - 1997) was a prominent American pop artist, whose work borrowed heavily from popular advertising and comic book styles, which he himself described as being "as artificial as possible."
Roy Lichtenstein was born on 27 October 1923 into an upper-middle-class family in New York City, and attended public school until he was 12. He then enrolled at the Franklin School for Boys, in Manhattan, for his secondary education. The school did not have an art department, and he became interested in art and design as hobby outside of his schooling. He was an avid fan of jazz and often attended concerts at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. He would often draw portraits of the musicians at their instruments. During 1939, in his final year at the academy, he enrolled in summer art classes at the Art Students League of New York under the tutelage of Reginald Marsh.¹
Recommended books on Roy Lichtenstein:
Roy Lichtenstein, 1923-1997 (Taschen Basic Art); Roy Lichtenstein: Prints 1956-1997 Marquand Books; Roy Lichtenstein: Interiors Hudson Hills Press; The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein: A Catalogue Raisonne 1948-1993 Hudson Hills;
Roy Lichtenstein's ABC's Bulfinch; Roy Lichtenstein, Kunsthaus Bregenz; Roy Lichtenstein: Beginning to End Actar D / Fundacin Juan March; Roy Lichtenstein (Modern Masters Series, Vol. 1) Abbeville Press; Image Duplicator: Roy Lichtenstein and the Emergence of Pop Art Yale University Press; The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein: A Catalogue Raisonne 1948-1997 Hudson Hills Press.
Available here are these Roy Lichtenstein posters and prints, among others:
Girl With Hair Ribbon, M-Maybe, Sunrise, Blam, Kiss V, Interior With Skyline, Drowning Girl, The Kiss IV, Oh... Alright..., Hey You, As I Opened Fire, Masterpiece, Cloud and Sea, Spray, Girl at Piano, Thinking of Him, Study for Preparedness, Girl with Ball, Lincoln Center Film Festival, Landscape With Philosopher, Sketch for Greene Street Mural, No Thank You!, Two Nudes State I, Girl at Window, Crying Girl, Reflection in Mirror, Merton of the Movies, Nude at the Vanity, Ball of Twine, Red Barn II, Crystal Bowl, Thinking Nude, New Wave Festival.