Roy Fox Lichtenstein was an American pop artist who lived from October 27, 1923, to September 29, 1997. He was a crucial figure in the new art movement in the 1960s, alongside Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and James Rosenquist. Through parody, his work defined the notion of pop art. Inspired by the comic strip, Lichtenstein created exact compositions that documented while parodying, frequently in a humorous way. Popular advertising and the comic book style impacted his work. His work has been described as “disruptive.” “Not ‘American’ painting, but actually industrial painting,” he said of pop art. In New York City, his paintings were shown at the Leo Castelli Gallery.
Whaam! and Drowning Girl are two of Lichtenstein’s most well-known works. His most important works were Drowning Girl, Whaam!, and Look, Mickey. Masterpiece, his most costly work, was sold for $165 million in January 2017.
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