Roy Lichtenstien

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Roy Lichtenstien

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Roy Lichtenstien

In the 1950's-1970's the visual art movement brought a sense of optimism at the time of post-wat consumer boom. Pop art started in Britain then went to the U.S. From there it spread through the world. Pop art is quite different to othet types of art techniques. Some characteristics such as the bright and quircky colours help the image stand out from the other and catch the audiences attention.

By making ordinary object seem cool and fun it caused mass production of pop art selling for top dollar!


Roy Fox Lichtenstein was born on October 27, 1923, in New York City, his father Milton Lichtenstein, who was a successful real estate developer, and Beatrice Werner Lichtenstein. As a young boy he grew up on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Roy had an interest and a passion for both science and comic books. During his teenage years he became interested in art. He took watercolor classes at Parsons School of Design in 1937, and took classes at the Art Students League in 1940, studying with American realist painter Reginald Marsh.

After his graduation from the Franklin School for Boys in Manhattan in 1940, Mr Roy Lichtenstien went to The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Although in 1943 he could not continue his studies when he was drafted and sent to Europe for World War II. In 1960 Lichstenstien began his teaching career at Rutgers University. A year later he began his pop art career which then followed with sculpture making. Sadly he died in 1997 due to complications from pneumonia on September 29th.

Mr Lichtenstien did many different art works during his life, some of these are the drowning girl (made in 1963), crying girl (made in 1964) and 'ohhh alright' (made in 1964 also)

Crying Girl Analysis

In 1964 Roy created one of his most famous paintings in his career, 'The Crying Girl' was created with enamel on steel which measures 46 by 46 inches. This particular peice of artwork shows a young blond womans sad face wipeing away the teirs on her upper cheek. The curved and wavey lines of her hair highlight the fact that she is delicated and soft giving the audience a more calmer feel to it.By using diagonal lines of her jaw and tilted head it shows the restless and uncontrolled energy of the women as well as making it seem more dramatic than just a straight line. All of these features expresses an emotional feeling along with it, it can remind us of comic stips as this peice is quite melodramatic.



  • JennyWren 5 years ago

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    Great work Cal! Interesting and informative.