Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein (lĬk´tənstīn´), 1923–97, American painter, b. New York City. A master of pop art, Lichtenstein derived his subject matter from popular sources such as comic strips, the imagery of which he used until the early 1970s. His paintings reflect modern typographic and printing techniques such as Ben-Day dots and make innovative use of commonplace imagery. Among Lichtenstein's sophisticated and ironic works are Flatten … sandfleas (1962; Mus. of Modern Art, New York City) and Preparedness (1968; Guggenheim Mus.). His works of the 1970s and 80s largely consist of ironic reinterpretatons of cubist still lives and of other well-known paintings by famous painters. His paintings of the 1980s and 90s, which often include both real and simulated brush strokes, are typified by the large canvas Figures in a Landscape (1986). Liechtenstein is also noted for his brightly colored Pop graphics.

See studies by E. Sussman (1978), L. Alloway (1983), and B. Rose (1987); catalogue raisonné of his prints ed. by M. L. Corlett and R. E. Fine (2002).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2015, The Columbia University Press.

Roy Lichtenstein: Selected full-text books and articles

Roy Lichtenstein. (Reviews: Los Angeles) By Miles, Christopher Artforum International, Vol. 41, No. 5, January 2003
On Modern American Art: Selected Essays By Robert Rosenblum Harry N. Abrams Publishers, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Roy Lichtenstein and the Realist Revolt 1963" begins on p. 190 and "Roy Lichtenstein: Past, Present, and Future 1991" begins on p. 198
Pop Artist Reflects on His Life in Prints By Goode, Stephen Insight on the News, Vol. 10, No. 48, November 28, 1994
Roy Lichtenstein: Mitchell - Innes and Nash. (New York) By Siegel, Katy Artforum International, Vol. 40, No. 5, January 2002
Modern/Postmodern: A Study in Twentieth-Century Arts and Ideas By Silvio Gaggi University of Pennsylvania Press, 1989
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 3 "Replications and Convergences"
Art in the Age of Mass Media By John A. Walker Westview Press, 1994
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Roy Lichtenstein begins on p. 31
Pop Master's Beautiful Exploration of Chinese Landscapes By Shaw-Eagle, Joanna The Washington Times (Washington, DC), November 22, 1998
A Dictionary of Twentieth-Century Art By Ian Chilvers Oxford University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: "Lichtenstein, Roy (1923-97)" begins on p. 348
American Artists on Art from 1940 to 1980 By Ellen H. Johnson Westview Press, 1982
Librarian’s tip: "Roy Lichtenstein (1923-)" begins on p. 102
Topics in American Art since 1945 By Lawrence Alloway W. W. Norton, 1975
Librarian’s tip: "Roy Lichtenstein's Period Style" begins on p. 145
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