Roy Lichtenstein was one of the most important artists associated with American Pop Art. Beginning in the late 1950s, he turned to comic strips and advertisements as a primary basis for his art. The resulting paintings, sculptures, and prints that gained widespread recognition during the 1960s were not simple replicas of their source material. Lichtenstein expanded his imagery in size and reduced shapes to bold, flat colors with precise outlines, which often incorporated exaggerated patterns of benday dots used in photomechanical reproduction.
During his long and distinguished career, Lichtenstein frequently turned his attention to the art of the past and made free adaptations of modern styles and reproductions of paintings by twentieth-century masters such as Picasso and Matisse. Although his works seem at first to be neutral presentations of their subjects, they glamorize the ordinary through exaggerations of color and design. Often at odds with the sentimental, violent, or banal nature of his subject matter, Lichtenstein's style transforms his base material to create ironic commentaries on popular culture.
More Works by Roy Lichtenstein in the MMoCA Collection
Alloway, Lawrence. Roy Lichtenstein. Modern Masters Series. New York: Abbeville Press, 1983.
Corlett, Mary Lee, et al. The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein: A Catalogue Raisonné 1948-1997. Manchester, Vermont: Hudson Hills Press, 2002.
Lobel, Michael. Image Duplicator: Roy Lichtenstein and the Emergence of Pop Art. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2002.
Roy Lichtenstein, Sandwich and Soda, 1964, screenprint, 19 x 23 inches. Collection of Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. Gift of the Betty Parsons Foundation. 1985.36D © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein.
Roy Lichtenstein. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein, New York/Photographed by Robert McKeever.