Roy Lichtenstein (Oct. 27, 1923 — Sept. 29, 1997) was a pioneering American pop artist. During the 1960s — along with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and James Rosenquist, among others — he became a leading figure in the New Art movement. His work defined the premise of pop art through parody. Inspired by the comic strip, Lichtenstein produced precise compositions that documented while they parodied, often in a tongue-in-cheek manner. His most expensive artwork, Masterpiece, sold for $165 million in January 2017.
Quotes: I’m interested in what would normally be considered the worst aspects of commercial art. I think it’s the tension between what seems to be so rigid and cliched and the fact that art really can’t be this way. || “There is a relationship between cartooning and people like Mir= and Picasso which may not be understood by the cartoonist, but it definitely is related even in the early Disney.”
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