Roy Lichtenstein
© Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission.

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Roy Lichtenstein 1985
  • Artist Rooms
The American painter, sculptor and printmaker, Roy Lichtenstein, was one of the chief exponents of Pop Art. In his early years he specialised in using comic book and advertising imagery as the basis for his paintings. In the 1980s he began to scale up expressionistically painted sketches which he would then proceed to paint with precisionist detail. It is probably one of these paintings that Lichtenstein is standing in front of in this photograph.

Glossary Open

Expressionism

A style that made an impact in the arts in the 1920s, particularly in Germany. Expressionists deliberately abandoned realistic representation techniques in favour of exaggerations and distortions of line and colour that were intended to carry far greater emotional impact.

Pop Art

An art movement of the 1950s to the 1970s that was primarily based in Britain and the United States. Pop artists are so called because of their use of imagery from popular culture. They also introduced techniques and materials from the commercial world, such as screen-printing, to fine art practice.

Print

An image pressed or stamped onto paper or fabric. This encompasses a wide variety of techniques, usually produced in multiples, although one-off prints, known as monoprints, are also included. The term is also applied to photographic images.

Expressionism, Pop Art, Print

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00217
  • Medium Photograph, gelatine silver print on paper
  • Size 61.00 x 50.80 cm
  • Credit ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008