Roy Lichenstein – 20th Anniversary
September 29, 2017, marks the 20th Anniversary of Roy Lichtenstein’s passing.
Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) was an was an artist whose style covered many periods. His artistic styles were from the following movements: Pop art, Abstract art, Cubism, Expressionism, Abstract expressionism, and Modern art. His inspiration came from his interests in science, comic books, and the advertising industry,.
Lichtenstein’s early days of studying arts started in 1937 when he took watercolor classes at Parsons School of Design in New York City. Then in 1940, he studied Art Students League under the wing of American realist painter Reginald Marsh. However, his studies were interrupted when he got drafted in 1943, to fight in World War II. Lichtenstein resumed his studies three years later. The 1940s were the beginning of Lichtenstein’s successful career as an artist.
Throughout his career, the subject matter of his artworks changed. In the 1950s, Lichtenstein was inspired by mythology, as well as American history and folklore, as an homage to 18th-century art. In the early 1960s, he experimented with different mediums of art. That was also when his artistic style was influenced by comic books and the advertising industry, until the late 1960s. The 1970s were a decade where his artworks were inspired by the styles of Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Salvador Dali. In the 1980s, Lichtenstein was commissioned to do large-scale artworks such as Brushstrokes in Flight for the Port Columbus International Airport in Columbus, Ohio, and a five-story-tall mural for the lobby of the Equitable Tower in New York. He also painted representations of modern homes and their interior, until the 1990s.
His famous works included Whaam! (1963), Drowning (1963), Sleeping Girl (1964), and Bedroom at Arles (1992).
Art doesn’t transform. It just plain forms
Flora Habbab, BFA
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