Roy Lichtenstein – 1923-1997
Trained under the gritty American painter Reginald Marsh, Lichtenstein began his art career painting western American subjects and venturing into Abstract Impressionism, the dominant style of the early 1950s. In 1960, however, he began to incorporate aspects of Abstract Expressionism with pop culture images, including cartoon figures. Increasingly, he exploited the look of comic-strip art, often magnifying the dot pattern used in fourcolor pulp-press printing. The work struck a chord and became an icon of American art in the 1960s, launching the “Pop art” movement.