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?