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Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997)


Also known as:  Lichtenstein, Roy Fox

Birth Place: New York City (New York state, United States)


How much are original Roy Lichtenstein paintings worth?

Roy Lichtenstein was one of the most popular artists of the twentieth century, and as such his paintings have tremendous work when they come up at auction. Many of his paintings have sold for millions or more and even lesser work sells in the tens of thousands of dollars. The most ever paid for a Roy Lichtenstein piece at auction was $93,365,000 for the painting Nurse (1964) on November 9th, 2015. This is nearly double the amount of his next highest selling painting,Woman with a Flowered Hat (1963) which sold for $56 million two years earlier.

Who was Roy Lichtenstein?

Roy Lichtenstein was an American pop artist who shared prominence with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and other notable artists of the late 1960s. His paintings use tongue-in-cheek humor and a distinctive comic-book-inspired style to bring attention to social issues. He had a long and prolific career, with major art coming over the course of 35+ years. In 1993 he was honored by the Solomon R Guggenheim museum with a retrospective of his work, an honor that very few artists have ever received. He died in 1997.

How did Roy Lichtenstein get started?

Born in New York City, Lichtenstein began taking art classes as a senior in high school. He pursued a degree in fine arts at Ohio State University, which was interrupted when he spent time in the army during World War II. After returning and finishing both bachelor’s and master’s degrees, he traveled between New York and Cleveland while showing his paintings, which experimented with abstraction, cubism, and expressionism.

What was Roy Lichtenstein famous for?

Roy Lichtenstein is best known as one of the most prominent members of the Pop Art movement. His large, comic-book-influenced paintings have become an iconic part of the 20th century’s art history. In 1961, Lichtenstein began exploring the style that would make him famous. By borrowing themes and images from commercial printing and comic books, specifically imagery that focused on the role of women in society, he began producing meaningful work that also appealed to the masses.

What kind of art did Roy Lichtenstein make?

Using oil and acrylic paint, Lichtenstein made his work look more like photographic reproductions than fine art. His most famous image, Wham!!!, is borrowed from the pages of a DC Comics selection and serves as a commentary on the military-industrial complex. Another famous work, Drowning Girl, also derives from a comic and features a girl who is unwilling to call her boyfriend for help as she sinks under the waves. Lichtenstein received many awards for his innovative work, including a National Medal of the Arts in 1995. He passed away in 1997.

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