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Roy Lichtenstein

Abe Frajndlich, born 1946
Roy Lichtenstein, 27 Oct 1923 - 29 Sept 1997
1985 (printed 2000)
Chromogenic print
Image: 101.7 x 83.6cm (40 1/16 x 32 15/16")
Sheet: 124.6 x 103.2cm (49 1/16 x 40 5/8")
Mat: 132.1 x 106.7cm (52 x 42")
Frame: 133.4 × 109.9 × 3.8cm (52 1/2 × 43 1/4 × 1 1/2")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Paulette and Kurt Olden in memory of Lily E. Kay
Restrictions & Rights
© 2000, Abe Frajndlich
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Artist Roy Lichtenstein peers from behind a wide brush dripping with paint in this 1985 photograph by Abe Frajndlich. Celebrated as one of the founders of the American pop art movement, Lichtenstein worked for almost two decades as a realist painter and then as an abstract expressionist before debuting in 1962 the work for which he would be best remembered: oversized compositions based on popular advertisements and comic book illustrations. Appropriating both the content and the style of these lowbrow graphic traditions, Lichtenstein employed brightly colored Ben Day dots in rendering subjects best known in the comics. The work represented everything that abstract expressionism was not and helped to precipitate a sea change in American art. As painter Larry Rivers suggested, "Roy got the hand out of art, and put the brain in."
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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