Roy Lichtenstein (1923-97) is an artist whose image is connected to the world of comics. Among the Pop Art artists, he is the one who can create an unique style, being faithful to it until his last work.
Lichtenstein’s life was calm and without eccentricity and attention-seeking behaviour of other artist like Andy Warhol. In 1943, during the Second World War, he was called up. The military world became an inspiration for his first artistic production. It seems that one of his superiors asked him to reproduce in a big size some images that you could find in war comics. Maybe he created this kind of art because of this, even though Lichtenstein started producing using this style only in the 60s.
In 1962, Lichtenstein’s success starts with his personal exhibition in New York City in the gallery of the famous Leo Castelli. These are the years of consumerism and Pop culture, that exploded worldwide. Lichtenstein’s works seem to reflect the necessity of being surrounded by new images that are objective and free from existential anguishes.
This is a new way of contaminating Art, with the capital «a», with different styles that come from “low” culture. In reality, the formal aspects in Lichtenstein’s works makes them uncommon. They are comics, this is true, but they are realised from the artist’s personal point of view. His style didn’t change over the years, but it started a comparison with the art of the past, with very original results. He revisited all the most famous artist and styles of the twentieth-century, always as comics, from the cubism to the futurism, from the expressionism to the action painting. The fusion between painting and comics creates an original dialogue that involves also sculpture.
His art, produced until the second half of the 90s, remains one of the most original expression in the American culture after the Second World War.