Roy Lichtenstein was a stylish and gifted artist who is most famous for his cartoon-style artwork. American artist Lichtenstein was a key part of the Pop Art movement, which also included the likes of Andy Warhol and David Hockney. Lichenstein also produced some sculptures, too, several of which were high profile commissions.
Humour was a key element to his work, and a cartoon-strip approach was his chosen style in most of his best known paintings. The boldness and simplicity of cartoons meant that his paintings were very accessible to the masses, with an instant impact which would have drawn in even the most fleeing of art followers.
The Pop Art movement sprang up in post-WW2 Europe and America, with major centres in London and New York. A frequent element of this movement was to use everyday items within the artwork, often related to popular culture. Jasper Johns famously used the American flag in a series of paintings and Robert Rauschenburg was also prominent. Warhol’s use of Soup cans and portraits of famous stars was also a key point in the rise of the Pop Art movement.
Famous Roy Lichtenstein Paintings and Sculptures
Lichtenstein had a long and distinguished career, but the list below summarises some of the highlights of his innovative career.
- Girl With Hair Ribbon
- Drowning Girl
- Kiss V
- Seductive Girl
- Ohhh… Alright…
- Thinking of Him
- Still Life with Crystal Bowl Peace Through Chemistry
- Girl with Ball
- In the Car
- Landscape with Figures
- Cloud and Sea
- Reflection in Miror
- Big Painting No. 6
- Stepping Out
Famous Roy Lichtenstein Quotes
I think we’re much smarter than we were. Everybody knows that abstract art can be art, and most people know that they may not like it, even if they understand there’s another purpose to it.
Yes, you know sometimes, we started out thinking out how strange our painting was next to normal painting, which was anything expressionist. You forget that this has been thirty five years now and people don’t look at it as if it were some kind of oddity.
Picasso’s always been such a huge influence that I thought when I started the cartoon paintings that I was getting away from Picasso, and even my cartoons of Picasso were done almost to rid myself of his influence.
But when I worked on a painting I would do it from a drawing but I would put certain things I was fairly sure I wanted in the painting, and then collage on the painting with printed dots or painted paper or something before I really committed it.
I kind of do the drawing with the painting in mind, but it’s very hard to guess at a size or a color and all the colors around it and what it will really look like.