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Roy Lichtenstein was one of the founders and innovators of Pop Art, which brought the techniques and content of mechanically reproduced imagery into the world of fine art. He is best known for his boldly-colored parodies of comic strips and advertisements.
Lichtenstein was born in New York in 1923. At the start of his artistic career, he painted themes from the American West in a variety of modern art styles. His first one-man show, held in New York City in 1962, was a great commercial success, and his innovative work found an international audience. In 1966 he became the first American to exhibit at London’s Tate Gallery.
During the 1970s, the artist became more drawn towards creating artworks that had references to various artists in the 20th century. These artists whom he referred most of his masterpieces to included Salvador Dali, Claude Monet, Picasso and Vincent van Gogh. His hallmark style, hand painting commercially printed benday dots, set forth thought-provoking meditations on art and popular culture. Some of his most influential works include Drowning Girl (1963), Whaam! (1963), Oh, Jeff ( 1964) and Look Mickey (1961).
The artist died on September 29, 1997, in New York. His works are held in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Tate Gallery in London. His most expensive piece is Masterpiece, which was sold for $165 million in January 2017.
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