Happy Birthday, Roy Lichtenstein!

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Roy Lichtenstein (image from artesmagazine.com)
Roy Lichtenstein (image from artesmagazine.com)

Roy Lichtenstein was born on October 27, 1923. Widely known as one of America’s first great Pop artists, Lichtenstein’s “high-impact, iconic images” were inspired by the pop culture of his time, with many of his images depicting popular advertising and comic strip characters.

His style, along with the style of his contemporary Andy Warhol, marked a clear shift from Abstract Expressionism of the 1940s and ’50s. Rather than the thoughts, feelings, and emotions that had driven the Abstract Expressionist movement, Pop art focused solely on the popular, familiar images of the time. Lichtenstein is famously quoted as saying, “Pop art looks out into the world. It doesn’t look like a painting of something, it looks like the thing itself.”

To celebrate 92 years since Lichtenstein was born, we have shared images of the 4 Lichtenstein works in the Museum’s collection. Do you have a favorite?

"Brushstroke V" (1986) Roy Lichtenstein (United States, 1923-1997). Painted cherry wood. Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Gift of John and Nancy Poynor. AFI. 27.2006.
“Brushstroke V” (1986) Roy Lichtenstein (United States, 1923-1997). Painted cherry wood. Collection of the Art Fund, Inc. at the Birmingham Museum of Art; Gift of John and Nancy Poynor. AFI. 27.2006.
"Finger Pointing" (1973) Roy Lichtenstein (United States, 1923-1997). Screenprint. Published by Experiments in Art and Technology, Inc. Printed by Styria Studio, Inc. (United States, New York). Gift of Robert Rauschenberg. 1977.2.15.
“Finger Pointing” (1973) Roy Lichtenstein (United States, 1923-1997). Screenprint. Published by Experiments in Art and Technology, Inc. Printed by Styria Studio, Inc. (United States, New York). Gift of Robert Rauschenberg. 1977.2.15.
"Still Life with Portrait, from the Six Still Lifes series" (1974) Roy Lichtenstein (United States, 1923-1997). Lithograph and screenprint with debossing on Rives BFK paper. (Co-)Published by Multiples, Inc. (United States) and Castelli Graphics (United States, New York), Printed by Styria Studio, Inc. (United States, New York). Gift of Frederick Weisman Company in memory of Margaret Spencer Ragland. 1987.93.
“Still Life with Portrait, from the Six Still Lifes series” (1974) Roy Lichtenstein (United States, 1923-1997). Lithograph and screenprint with debossing on Rives BFK paper. (Co-)Published by Multiples, Inc. (United States) and Castelli Graphics (United States, New York), Printed by Styria Studio, Inc. (United States, New York). Gift of Frederick Weisman Company in memory of Margaret Spencer Ragland. 1987.93.
"Sandwich and Soda" (1964) Roy Lichtenstein (United States, 1923-1997). Screenprint on clear plastic. Published by Wadsworth Atheneum (Hartford, CT); Printed by Sirocco Screenprints (United States, New Haven); Printed under the supervision of Ives-Sillman, Inc. (New Haven, CT). Museum purchase in memory of Max Heldman. 1997.69.7.
“Sandwich and Soda” (1964) Roy Lichtenstein (United States, 1923-1997). Screenprint on clear plastic. Published by Wadsworth Atheneum (Hartford, CT); Printed by Sirocco Screenprints (United States, New Haven); Printed under the supervision of Ives-Sillman, Inc. (New Haven, CT). Museum purchase in memory of Max Heldman. 1997.69.7.

Sources: 
www.theartstory.org/artist-lichtenstein-roy.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Lichtenstein