Monday, April 14, 2014

L = Lichtenstein, Roy - A to Z Blog Challenge 2014

ART: Artists, Art Trivia, Art Legends 

A glimpse of the ART world, in the manner of an alphabetical mini-art tour. ART focuses on artists and art movements between the 1850's-1960's. There are exceptions.


2014 A-Z April Blog Challenge

L = Lichtenstein, Roy Fox
1923 – 1997
POP Artist



Industrial Modern Art

 
Roy Lichtenstein, American artist, born in Manhattan, NY City, into a middle class family. He was avid jazz fan, attending concerts at the Apollo Theater in Harlem as soon as he was old enough. After high school, he left New York to study at Ohio State University in the fine arts department.

Lichtenstein became one of the leading artists of the POP movement, along with Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns. His work used parody to define pop art, influenced by popular mainstream advertising and the comic book style. Roy called this 'industrial painting'. His two most famous works are Whaam! and Drowning Girl. See links at bottom of post.

Roy served his military service in WWII between 1943 -1946. In 1957, Lichtenstein moved back to NY to be closer to the NY art scene and began teaching again. At this time, he adopted the Abstract Expressionism style, and began to incorporate hidden images of cartoon characters, such as Mickey Mouse and Bugs Bunny into his abstract works.

In the early 1960's, Lichtenstein reproduced his versions of masterpieces by Cezanne, Mondrian, and Picasso, and included Vincent van Gogh's Bedroom in Arles. His popularity fluctuated, rising and falling with the whims of the public. Roy died in 1997, at 73. His long-time patron had been Gunter Sachs, husband of Bridgette Bardot.


Definition of POP art: a style which emerged in the mid-1950s in Britain and in the US. It presented a challenge to the traditions of Fine Art by including pop culture symbols. POP art is often used as a symbol of the 1960's and modern art.
 
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LINK to the Image sample and references: . . .due to artists or estate copyrights still in effect

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Roy_Lichtenstein_Whaam.jpg  Image - WHAAM!  by Lichtenstein

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Roy_Lichtenstein_Drowning_Girl.jpg Image- Drowning Girl
by Lichtenstein

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Do you know the type of art Lichtenstein is famous for? (see the links following)
Do you like POP art?

Please let me know you were here in the comments, and thanks for stopping by! I'll respond.

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Brought to you by the A to Z Blog Challenge 2014 Team and the originator: Lee of Tossing it Out. Click the A to Z list of participants and read on. Hope to see you again throughout the blogfest.

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References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roy_Lichtenstein Roy Lichtenstein Wiki

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop_art POP Art wiki

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22 comments:

  1. Another fun memory of my art history class. Loved Lichtenstein's work.

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    1. These artists in the latter 20th century still have copyrights, so the fun stops after 1923, when most are still in effect. There will more classic artists and some of my faves coming up in the next two weeks.

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  2. Definitely a modern legend, this guy - though probably not my fave kind of art.

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    1. He wasn't mine either, Trisha, but he was popular with a lot of people in the sixties. I saw his work in a gallery, and it does have impact because of his presentation.

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    1. You're welcome! I did drop by your blog and commented.

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  4. Now this guy I've heard of before! :)

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    1. That's good DPK, and there will be a few more you'll recognize, I'm sure. In an Antiques Road show they pronounced his name: lik ten steen.

      One of his lithograph prints went for something like 300,000. (The Melody Haunts My Reverie )

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  5. Now I'm going to be searching for Bugs and Mickey in his artwork...

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    1. Me too, I had forgotten about this, until I did the research. Anyone who likes Bugs and MIckey has to be a nice guy.

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  6. This is a cool art style. Not something I'd hang on my wall, but I can appreciate it. And here I thought WHAM! was nothing more than George Michael and some other dude in a pair of short shorts.

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    1. Well, I learned something too. Not something that I couldn't have lived without, but a bit of trivia. It's hard to find a title someone else hasn't already used, isn't it?

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  7. Definitely associate that pop style with the sixties, a time of experimentation and breaking convention.

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    1. Minimalism was in, and art was stretching the edges. What is ART, that is the question.

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  8. A fan of Mickey and Bugs is all right with me. His WHAMM looks like panels from comic books of the 50's.

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    1. Comics or what was perceived as an American icon was the inspiration, Roland, and a lot of critics gave him bad reviews because of that. He was controversial at times, yet admitted it was a form of copying with his own perception added. . .

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  9. I love the way you mix it up with different schools or art. Good for you to come up with one for each letter.

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    1. Magritte is coming up for M, Inger, and an interesting café after that. . . do drop by again.

      In your letter post today, really enjoyed you sharing that time in the past.

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  10. I find industrial modern art very interesting, though I know little about it. Thanks for sharing this!

    ~ Kim

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Kim, and I visited your blog to comment as well. Couldn't follow without Google connect.

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  11. If he'd lived longer he might have enjoyed drawing the art for graphic novels.

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