Born in Manhattan in 1923, Roy Lichtenstein was a leading figure of the Pop Art movement. His distinctive artistic style is inspired by the visual language of consumerism, advertising and comic books that pervaded American popular culture in the post-war era, and remains powerfully relevant today.

Beginnings

After studying in New York under American painter Reginald Marsh, Lichtenstein briefly served in the US army during World War II, before going on to study and subsequently teach at Ohio State University. In 1951 the artist had his first solo exhibition at the Carlebach Gallery in New York, and over the following years he continued to establish his practice, experimenting both conceptually and technically. As he spent more and more time working and teaching in the city, Lichtenstein began to develop new ideas in response to the leading art movement of the time, Abstract Expressionism, however he soon moved away from this aesthetic by incorporating well-known cartoon characters, such as Donald Duck, Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse, into his work.

 

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