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Roy Lichtenstein Research Paper

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Roy Lichtenstein was an American artist, famous for pop art and the use of bright, multicolored forms in his comic book and advertising parodied works. Lichtenstein was a leading figure in the pop artist movement, along with other artist such as Robert Indiana, Jim Dine, Ed Ruscha, James Rosenquist, and Andy Warhol. From early age he learned many techniques that appeared in his works. One such as botany, mechanical drawing watercolour and even mural painting. By the early sixties, late fifties, his style changes to a more vouge, abstract expressionism derivative type of works. His first pop art piece, Look Mickey, was painted in 1961. This piece, along with others made from the same technique and styles are some of his best works. These works…show more content…
One of the first is mentioned above, the piece titled Whaam! This piece included a plane and what seems to be explosive with the word “Whaam!” written in special lettering to emphasize the action and power in the piece. Lichtenstein's Painting stated, “The use of cartoon style art was very much the signature of Liechtenstein with the clear , simple shapes and colours also being typical of Pop Art in general.” (Lichtenstein Painting 2). Another famous piece from Roy Lichtenstein is the painting titled, M-Maybe. This piece includes a romantic female who is in the rooming thinking vulnerably. She is not sure where he lover is and if he will be in contact. Liechtenstein often portrayed women as beautiful but having a hard time with love. We can also see this in another one of his famous pieces, Ohhh Alright, where this time the female is on the phone. We also have what could possibly be his most famous piece, Drowning girl. In this work the female is being overtaken by waves as she states, “I don’t care! I’d rather sink-- than call Brad for help!” It is sad that Roy Lichtenstein changed the piece by zooming in enough to only see the woman and changing her caption from just I don’t care to what is
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