Roy Lichtenstein

© Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

Photographed in 1994 by Robert McKeever

Roy Lichtenstein
Born:
October 27, 1923
Birthplace:
New York, New York, United States
Died:
September 29, 1997

About Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein was one of the founders and innovators of pop art, which brought the techniques and content of mechanically reproduced imagery into the world of fine art. His hallmark style, hand painting commercially printed benday dots, set forth original meditations on the genres and history of art as well as wry commentaries on modern living. Lichtenstein’s paintings are often seen as ironic or satirical accounts of art history, demonstrating how the images of art become common property and are codified by advertising, printing, and other media for public consumption.  

 

In the early stages of his career, Lichtenstein incorporated comics into his works to deflate the egos and pretensions of high modernism. Live Ammo (Blang!), 1962, is an altered comic image showing a large gun firing a shot, smoke billowing into the corners of the frame. Lichtenstein uses this image as a piece of found abstraction, and the water and smoke of the gun shot are meant to resemble the all-over compositions made famous by Jackson Pollock in the late 1940s. Lichtenstein parodies the existential melodrama of abstract expressionism and critiques the rhetoric that attributed a metaphysical or transcendent import to the movement’s paintings. Lichenstein’s version of abstract expressionism is removed of pomp, turning august concepts and theories into equally clever comedy.   

 

A year later, Lichtenstein completed Femme d’Alger, 1963, reprising a Pablo Picasso work from 1955. Picasso’s image itself was a reprisal of an 1834 painting by Eugène Delacroix. In many ways, Picasso was a key influence on Lichtenstein, known for using the images of newspapers, wallpaper, and other widely produced material to parody and visually reconceptualize painters such as Henri Matisse, Georges Seurat, and countless others. Unlike Live Ammo (Blang!), where a comic is found to resemble a style of abstraction, Femme d’Alger is a painting that is converted into a comic. In this work, Lichtenstein offers a complex vision of modern art’s tendency to borrow, steal, and alter the works of the past. Lichtenstein took Picasso’s process a step further, converting the work into the systems of commercial culture and in a sense beating Picasso at his own game. 

By Roy Lichtenstein in the Collection

Roy Lichtenstein
1961
oil on canvas
70 x 47 3/4 in. (177.8 x 121.29 cm)
On View
Roy Lichtenstein
1986-88
paint and varnish on laminated birch veneer
chair: 70 11/16 x 18 x 27 1/4 inches
Roy Lichtenstein
1996
painted and patinated bronze
91 x 13 x 30 in. (231.14 x 33.02 x 76.2 cm)
Roy Lichtenstein
1974
oil, Magna and sand on canvas
18 x 24 1/8 in. (45.72 x 61.28 cm)
Roy Lichtenstein
1976
oil and Magna on canvas
55 x 144 in. (139.7 x 365.76 cm)
Roy Lichtenstein
1979
oil and Magna on canvas
70 x 50 in. (177.8 x 127 cm)
Roy Lichtenstein
1963
oil on canvas
80 x 68 in. (203.2 x 172.72 cm)
On View
Roy Lichtenstein
1991
painted and patinated bronze
14 x 14 in. (35.56 x 35.56 cm)
Roy Lichtenstein
1977
painted and patinated bronze
77 x 25 x 18 in. (195.58 x 63.5 x 45.72 cm)
On View
Roy Lichtenstein
1981
Magna on canvas
24 x 24 in. (60.96 x 60.96 cm)
Roy Lichtenstein
1965-66
oil and Magna on canvas
60 x 48 in. (152.4 x 121.92 cm)
On View
Roy Lichtenstein
1986
oil and Magna on two canvas panels
111 3/4 x 168 in. (283.85 x 426.72 cm)
Roy Lichtenstein
1991
oil and Magna on canvas
114 x 146 in. (289.56 x 370.84 cm)
On View
Roy Lichtenstein
1997
oil and mineral spirits acrylic on canvas
70 x 68 1/2 in. (177.8 x 173.99 cm)
Roy Lichtenstein
1992
ten acquatints; one printed in black, nine printed in color
19 x 14 1/16 in. (48.26 x 35.72 cm)
Roy Lichtenstein
1962
oil and Magna on canvas
68 x 80 in. (172.72 x 203.2 cm)
On View
Roy Lichtenstein
1969
oil and Magna on canvas
60 x 48 in. (152.4 x 121.92 cm)
On View
Roy Lichtenstein
1964
oil and Magna on canvas
56 1/4 x 48 x 1 1/4 in. (142.88 x 121.92 x 3.18 cm)
On View
Roy Lichtenstein
1994
oil and Magna on canvas
84 x 70 in. (213.36 x 177.8 cm)
Roy Lichtenstein
1986
oil and Magna on canvas
70 x 100 in. (177.8 x 254 cm)
Roy Lichtenstein
1975
oil and Magna on canvas
70 x 80 in. (177.8 x 203.2 cm)
Roy Lichtenstein
1992
lithograph on Rives BFK paper
21 1/2 x 24 in. (54.61 x 60.96 cm)
Roy Lichtenstein
1990
oil and Magna on canvas
75 1/4 x 108 x 2 in. (191.14 x 274.32 x 5.08 cm)
On View
Roy Lichtenstein
1989
color screenprint poster
36 1/2 x 54 in. (92.71 x 137.16 cm)
Roy Lichtenstein
1989
oil and Magna on canvas
68 x 88 in. (172.72 x 223.52 cm)
Roy Lichtenstein
1985
oil and Magna on canvas
77 x 108 in. (195.58 x 274.32 cm)
Roy Lichtenstein
1968-69
oil and Magna on five canvas panels
63 x 42 in. (160 x 106.7 cm)
On View
Roy Lichtenstein
1972
oil and Magna on canvas
56 x 40 3/4 in. (142.24 x 103.51 cm)
Roy Lichtenstein
1968
oil and Magna on canvas
36 x 36 in. (91.44 x 91.44 cm)
Roy Lichtenstein
1983
oil and Magna on canvas
70 x 64 in. (177.8 x 162.56 cm)
Roy Lichtenstein
1995
lithograph
18 1/2 x 21 1/4 in. (46.99 x 53.98 cm)
Roy Lichtenstein
1992
36-color screenprint on five panels
102 1/2 x 152 3/16 x 2 in. (260.35 x 386.59 x 5.08 cm)
Roy Lichtenstein
1996
patinated bronze and mirror
28 x 39 x 11 1/4 in. (71.12 x 99.06 x 28.58 cm)
Roy Lichtenstein
1996
painted and patinated bronze
41 1/2 x 25 1/2 x 13 in. (105.4 x 64.8 x 33 cm)