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Roy Lichtenstein

New York 1923 - New York 1997


The American Pop-Artist Roy Lichtenstein was born in New York on October 27, 1923. He attends the Art Students League in New York in 1940, and continues his studies of art at the Ohio State University in Columbus until 1942. After the war, in which he serves as a soldier from 1943 to 1946, Roy Lichtenstein continues his art studies until 1949.
As of 1951 Lichtenstein lives in Cleveland, where his first one-man show takes place, however, the exhibition is not crowned with success. From 1951 to 1957 he teaches drawing at Ohio State University. From 1957 to 1960 at New State University in Oswego, New York, from 1960 to 1963 at Douglass College of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Roy Lichtenstein does not attain his own and unmistakable style before around 1960. He uses comic figures for his drawings. He paints six large format pictures after comic strips in 1961, transferring the matrix dots and speech bubbles to oil paintings. The patronage of the gallery owner Leo Castelli smoothens the path to a fruitful career. Comic strips, illustrations or classified ads are the basis for his works. Everyday life supplies him with raw material. Later Lichtenstein also uses master pieces of Modernism for his works, such as works by Cézanne, Matisse, Mondrian, and transforms them into his own characteristic style. He creates the "Mirror Paintings" from 1969 to 1972. As of 1970, Roy Lichtenstein creates large format murals and turns to sculptures in the 1990s.
Roy Lichtenstein is, together with Andy Warhol, the most important representative of Pop-Art, he dies in New York in 1997.


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