1923–1997, USA

Birth 1923, USA
Died 1997

Roy Lichtenstein is a pop art painter whose works, in a style derived from comic strips, portray the trivialization of culture endemic in contemporary American life. Using bright, strident colors and techniques borrowed from the printing industry, he ironically incorporates mass-produced emotions and objects into highly sophisticated references to art history.

Born in New York City in 1923, Lichtenstein studied briefly at the Art Students League, then enrolled at Ohio State University. After serving in the army from 1943 to 1946, he returned to Ohio State to get a master's degree and to teach.

Tn 1951, Lichtenstein came back to New York City and had his first one-man show. He also continued to teach, first at the New York State College of Education at Oswego, and later at Douglass College, a division of Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Through the 1950s, Lichtenstein used the basic techniques of abstract expressionism, but incorporated into his compositions such themes as cowboys and Indians and paper money. In 1961, however, while at Douglass College, impressed by the work of colleague Allan Kaprow, he turned to the use of comic-strip and cartoon figures by which he is known today. Flatten... sandfleas (1962, Museum of Modern Art) was the first important example of his new style.

Primary colors--red, yellow and blue, heavily outlined in black--became his favorites. Occasionally he used green. Instead of shades of color, he used the benday dot, a method by which an image is created, and its density of tone modulated in printing. Sometimes he selected a comic-strip scene, recomposed it, projected it onto his canvas and stenciled in the dots. "I want my painting to look as if it had been programmed," Lichtenstein explained.

Despite the fact that many of his paintings are relatively small, Lichtenstein's method of handling his subject matter conveys a sense of monumental size. His images seem massive.

Since 1962, he has turned to the work of artists such as Picasso, Mondrian, and even Monet as inspiration for his work. In the mid-1960s, he also painted sunsets and landscapes in his by-nowfamiliar style. In addition, he has designed ceramic tableware and graphics for mass production.

"I'm interested in portraying a sort of antisensibility that pervades society," Lichtenstein says, summing up his work.

In 1967 his first museum retrospective exhibition was held at the Pasadena Art Museum in California. Also in this year his first solo exhibition in Europe was held at museums in Amsterdam, London, Bern and Hannover. He married his second wife, Dorothy Herzka in 1968.

In the 1970s and 1980s, his work began to loosen and expand on what he had done before. He produced a series of "Artists Studios" which incorporated elements of his previous work. A notable example being Artist's Studio, Look Mickey (1973, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis) which incorporates five other previous works, fitted into the scene.

In the late 1970s, this style was replaced with more surreal works such as Pow Wow (1979, Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst, Aachen). In 1977, he was commissioned by BMW to paint a Group 5 Racing Version of the BMW 320i for the third installment in the BMW Art Car Project. In addition to paintings, he also made sculptures in metal and plastic including some notable public sculptures such as Lamp in St. Mary’s, Georgia in 1978, and over 300 prints, mostly in screenprinting.

His painting Torpedo...Los! sold at Christie's for $5.5 million in 1989, a record sum at the time, making him one of only three living artists to have attracted such huge sums. In 1996 the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. became the largest single repository of the artist's work when he donated 154 prints and 2 books. In total there are some 4,500 works thought to be in circulation.

He died of pneumonia in 1997 at New York University Medical Center.


Femme Au Chapeau (woman With Hat) by Roy LICHTENSTEIN

Femme Au Chapeau (woman With Hat) (1962)

Price USD 1,230 (€1,080)
Estimated USD 700–900
Best Buddies by Roy LICHTENSTEIN

Best Buddies (-91)

Price USD 18,000 (€15,804)
Estimated USD 12,000–18,000
Sweet Dreams, Baby! by Roy LICHTENSTEIN

Sweet Dreams, Baby! (1965)

Price USD 70,000 (€56,464)
Estimated USD 50,000–95,000
Still Life With Lobster by Roy LICHTENSTEIN

Still Life With Lobster (-74)

Price USD 28,000 (€22,586)
Estimated USD 20,000–40,000
Modern Head Brooch by Roy LICHTENSTEIN

Modern Head Brooch (1968)

Price USD 3,800 (€3,065)
Estimated USD 2,600–5,000
Bicentennial Print by Roy LICHTENSTEIN

Bicentennial Print (1975)

Price EUR 0 Not sold
Estimated EUR 8,000–12,000

"seascape 1" , From New York 10 Portfolio, 1965, Print With Hologram (1965)

Price USD 7,200 (€5,230) Incl. buyer's premium
Estimated USD 4,000–6,000

Crak (1964)

Price USD 13,800 (€10,211)
Estimated USD 10,000–15,000
-maybe He Became Ill And Couldn't Leave The Studio by Roy LICHTENSTEIN

-maybe He Became Ill And Couldn't Leave The Studio

Price USD 621 (€459)
Estimated USD 200–400
Untitled by Roy LICHTENSTEIN


Price USD 586 (€452) Incl. buyer's premium
Estimated USD 300–500


Price USD 471 (€351) Incl. buyer's premium
Estimated USD 400–800
Drowning Girl by Roy LICHTENSTEIN

Drowning Girl

Price USD 736 (€548) Incl. buyer's premium
Estimated USD 400–800
Sweet Dreams, Baby by Roy LICHTENSTEIN

Sweet Dreams, Baby (Executed in 1965)

Price USD 0 (€0) Not sold, incl. buyer's premium
Estimated USD 50,000–70,000
Three Hand Signed Offset Color Images by Roy LICHTENSTEIN

Three Hand Signed Offset Color Images (1971)

Price USD 2,012 (€1,545)
Estimated USD 600–800

Liberté (-91)

Price EUR 3,600
Blonde Waiting by Roy LICHTENSTEIN

Blonde Waiting

Price EUR 3,100
Three Hand Signed Offset Color Images From

Three Hand Signed Offset Color Images From "roy Lichtenstein 1971 (1971)

Price USD 3,248 (€2,589)
Estimated USD 600–800
Shipboard Girl by Roy LICHTENSTEIN

Shipboard Girl (-65)

Price EUR 12,000
Roommates by Roy LICHTENSTEIN

Roommates (-94)

Price EUR 60,000
Estimated EUR 40,000–50,000
Reflections On Conversations by Roy LICHTENSTEIN

Reflections On Conversations (-90)

Price EUR 46,000
Estimated EUR 30,000–40,000
M-maybe He Became Ill by Roy LICHTENSTEIN

M-maybe He Became Ill

Price EUR 2,800
As I Opened Fire, Poster Triptych by Roy LICHTENSTEIN

As I Opened Fire, Poster Triptych (Executed 1964)

Price USD 563 (€408)
Estimated USD 400–600
Aspen Jazz by Roy LICHTENSTEIN

Aspen Jazz

Price USD 2,817 (€1,967)
Estimated USD 2,000–2,500

"as I Opened Fire". Poster Triptych (1964)

Price USD 701 (€489)
Estimated USD 400–600
As I Opened Fire

As I Opened Fire" Poster Triptych (Printed 1997)

Price USD 1,200 (€824)
Estimated USD 1,600–1,800
Brushstroke by Roy LICHTENSTEIN

Brushstroke (1965)

Price USD 10,350 (€7,623)
Estimated USD 10,000–12,000
Foot And Hand by Roy LICHTENSTEIN

Foot And Hand (1964)

Price SEK 90,000 (€9,775)
Estimated SEK 20,000–25,000
Untitled (still Life With Lemon And Glass) by Roy LICHTENSTEIN

Untitled (still Life With Lemon And Glass) (1974)

Price SEK 95,000 (€9,930)
Estimated SEK 80,000–100,000
Mirror Series: Mirror #8 by Roy LICHTENSTEIN

Mirror Series: Mirror #8 (1972 (-80))

Price SEK 19,000 (€1,986)
Estimated SEK 20,000–25,000
Mirror Series: Mirror #7 by Roy LICHTENSTEIN

Mirror Series: Mirror #7 (1972 (-80))

Price SEK 16,000 (€1,672)
Estimated SEK 15,000–18,000
Mirror Series: Mirror #5 by Roy LICHTENSTEIN

Mirror Series: Mirror #5 (1972)

Price SEK 23,000 (€2,404)
Estimated SEK 20,000–25,000
As I Opened Fire, Triptyk by Roy LICHTENSTEIN

As I Opened Fire, Triptyk

Price SEK 2,100 (€216)
Estimated SEK 2,000
This Must Be The Place by Roy LICHTENSTEIN

This Must Be The Place (1965)

Price SEK 30,000 (€2,870)
Estimated SEK 30,000–40,000
As I Opened Fire by Roy LICHTENSTEIN

As I Opened Fire

Price SEK 3,000 (€293)
Estimated SEK 3,000
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