Before half a century, in 1956, a bland artist made a ten dollar bill in 14×28.6 cm. few people paid attention to this project, but a change had already been done. The hidden beginning of a change. And that spark was meant to become within five years a flame that never ceased to burn. The artist’s name was Roy Lichtenstein, and the flame was called Pop Art.
Roy Lichtenstein was born in New York on 27 October 1923. His childhood was a homemade cheery, cloudless, carefree, which catalytically influenced his look of the world and art. He began to paint in his teens and, in his first youth, was fond of jazz.
That inaugural ten dollar bill of 1956 was not only prophetic but also unthinkable profitable. Four decades later, in 1989, the painting «Torpedo … Los!» was sold In Christie’s Gallery against the astronomical amount of $ 5,500,000 and Lichtenstein was one of three artists in history who managed this while alive!
At the dawn of the 1960s seems that everything moves at breakneck speed in the United States. All become spectacular and fast. Roy becomes a manic with paper heroes. He invests in the primacy of childhood, and that investment proved brilliant. He began to paint Donald and Mickey, making a sort of enlarged “copy” from the albums of his sons. He added the effects of the famous Benday dots, the shading process in comics and advertising designs devised by the painter and inventor Benjamin Day (1838-1916). The dots of Lichtenstein are also enlarged, and impart the desired childishness in his works.
The success of Roy makes him a star, like Andy Warhol. He tours and gets awarded to every corner of the civilized world, from Los Angeles till Paris and from Chicago till Osaka.
Correctly Liechtenstein was characterized as a merry saboteurs, whose job was to reverse the excessive inwardness the Art had driven, and make beautiful and full of stylish humor hints on what may be the development of art and all our attitudes towards it.
Roy Lichtenstein left his last breath on 29 September 1997. He loved and was loved. He had no enemies. Only friends, among who were great figures of modern civilization. He brightened up Art offering it intelligence, like Marcel Duchamp, elegant irony, like Erik Satie, sweet gaiety, like Jacques Tati. And yet, it seems that he was able to convince even the most hardcore that good life and good art are intertwined!
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