Roy Lichtenstein illustration of a woman with pinkish skin and yellow hair and a red,white and blue striped ribbon in her hair.
Girl With Hair Ribbon, 1965 © Roy Lichtenstein © SRGF #3608
Roy Lichtenstein was an American artist who was extremely prolific in the 1960s in particular. Lichtenstein was considered a pop artist, among the likes of Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol. Lichtenstein’s most popular works are those that parody comic strip art. Although he has been considered an American pop artist, Lichtenstein labels his work as industrial painting. Lichtenstein was born and raised in Manhattan, but studied art at the Ohio State University with Hoyt L. Sherman. Lichtenstein’s work closely resembles the comic strips that he was emulating, but what he really wished to do create in the way that mass media was portraying art. Many critics questioned Lichtenstein’s approach as being unoriginal and empty. Lichtenstein moved away from using comic strips as inspiration by about 1965 when he started creating sculptures and other art works. Although Lichtenstein’s comic book art is widely accepted today there is still controversy surrounding them because the artist never credited or paid royalties to any of the original artists that he emulated.