A key figure in the Pop Art movement, Roy Lichtenstein stands out via his distinctive style and confronting works. Inspired by advertisements, popular culture and comics, this American artist revisited scenes of both drama and intimacy. Let’s take a look back at 10 of his most telling and well-known works!

Roy Lichtenstein in 10 works

Born in Manhattan in 1923, Roy Lichtenstein was drawn to art from a very early age. His studies guided him in this passion as he received his education at the Art Students League of New York. He continued his apprenticeship by studying industrial design at Ohio University. Throughout his career, this artist changed his artistic approach. More than just a member of the Pop Art movement, Roy Lichtenstein represents a movement of his own.

When Roy Lichtenstein inspires KAZoART artists

1. Look Mickey (1961)

R. Lichtenstein, Look Mickey (1961)

These scenes from commercial imagery, magazines and comic strips containing subjects both real and fictional, have not always been so widely accepted. In his early days, Roy Lichtenstein was accused of plagiarism. However, it must be said that his style and influence surpasses all past accusations.

2# Masterpiece (1962)

R. Lichtenstein, Masterpiece (1962)

Roy Lichtenstein is a story-teller. His scenes, which are usually contrasted by strong primary tones, allow us to glimpse fragments of conversations, exchanges and thoughts. This drops the viewer in the introspection of the characters, who are often expressive and/or consumed by grief. In an America full of hyper-consumption, this artist brings us portraits of concerned individuals, often with tearful eyes.

3# Drowning Girl (1963)

Drowning Girl (1963)

4# Crying Girl (1963)

Crying girl (1963)

Close-ups on his subjects, text bubbles, flat planes of colour across the surface: the Lichtenstein style is visually striking. The black outlines he applies to his characters are reminiscent of comics. But how does he give the whole canvas that comic book feel? The Ben-day process. This is when the artist uses dots lined up on a grid that allow colour to be applied without gradation. It is a printing technique that remains characteristic of Roy Lichtenstein’s work.

5# Whaam! (1963)

Whaam! (1963)

6# In The Car (1963)

In the Car (1963)

7# Hopeless (1963)

Lichtenstein, Hopeless (1963)

8# Happy Tears (1964)

Happy Tears (1964)

9# Ohhh… Alright… (1964)

Roy Lichtenstein leaves it up to the viewers to decide what has just transpired in his 1964 painting of a tense phone call titled Ohhh … Alright ...Ohhh … Alright … (1964)

10# Oh, Jeff… I love you too… (1964)

Lichtenstein, Oh Jeff... I love you too… but… (1964)

Comic strips take on a whole new dimension under Lichtenstein’s brushes. Beginning as small thumbnail-sized visuals dug up from old magazines, they are transformed into massive, sophisticated canvases. Life, love and melancholy are recurring subjects that further contribute to the artist’s popularity since they were and are all emotions felt by the American public.