Roy Lichtenstein

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ROY LICHTENSTEIN

Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein (1923-97) is an artist strIctly connected to comics. Among the artists of Pop Art he is the the one who was able to create his own unique style that he used in all his artworks.

He was born into an american middle-class family and his life was quiet until 1943, when he had to take part in the Second World War. The army world was his first artistic inspiration: in fact, it is supposed that one of his leader asked him to reproduce a militar comic on large scale.

The artistic career of Lichtestein began in 1962 with a personal exhibition made with the famous art dealer Leo Castelli, in New York. Those were the years of the rise the phenomenon of consumerism and Pop culture around the world. The artist, always creating images similar to comics,through the use of the famous “ben-day dots”, revisited all the principal artistic style created during the XX century, from cubism to futurism, from expressionism to action painting. The connection between painting and comics creates an original dialog that, in the last years, was applied also to some sculptures.

Lichtestein's art is one of the most original expression of the second post-war American culture.