Bicentennial Print, from the series America:The Third Century from the series America: the third century

Artist Details

Name: Roy Lichtenstein
Birth: 1923 Death: 1997
Nationality: American

Artwork Details

Date of Work: 1975
Medium: lithograph and screenprint on paper
Dimensions: 30 x 22 1/4 inches
Credit: Museum Purchase with funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts Living Artist Fund

As one of the most definitive and recognizable Pop Art artists in America, Roy Lichtenstein’s career spanned a variety of styles and mediums. A native New Yorker, he began his studies at the Art Students League and received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from Ohio State University. He abandoned an interest in Americana – cowboys and western clichés – in 1957 to explore Abstract Expressionism. However, it was not until 1961 that he began his comic strip paintings for which he is so well known. In the 1970s, his representations of mass-produced comics gave way to more evocative subjects that left the Pop Art genre behind.

Lichtenstein’s signature comic-strip style was also used for a series of sculptures that he created in the 1960s and ‘70s. The Gibbes Museum of Art hosted an exhibition of his sculpture in 1985 as part of  Spoleto Festival U.S.A.

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