FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
American artist Roy Lichtenstein was born in New York City on October 27, 1923, and grew up on
Manhattan's Upper West Side. In the 1960s, Lichtenstein became a leading figure of the new Pop
Art movement. Inspired by advertisements and comic strips, Lichtenstein's bright, graphic
works parodied American popular culture and the art world itself. He died in New York City on
September 29, 1997.
Lichtenstein was committed to his art until the end of his life, often spending at least 10 hours a
day in his studio. His work was acquired by major museum collections around the world, and he
received numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the National Medal of Arts in 1995.
In 2013 the painting "Woman with Flowered Hat" set another record at $56.1 million as it was
purchased by British jeweller Laurence Graff from American investor Ronald O. Perelman. This
was topped in November of 2015 by the sale of "Nurse" for 95.4 million dollars at a Christie's
auction. Subsequently, that was topped with the private sale of his 1962 painting "Masterpiece"
selling for $165 million in January, 2017.
A prolific printmaker, Lichtenstein made more than
400 prints throughout his career. He explored technical
innovations in several techniques including
lithography, screenprinting and woodcuts, and
sometimes even combined multiple print techniques
within a single image. As well as printing onto paper,
Lichtenstein enjoyed experimenting with how his prints
could be created on unconventional surfaces - these
included acetate, stainless steel, and even
fabric-backed metallic foil.
Over the course of thirty years, Lichtenstein
designed more than 30 posters and all of them
are works of art in their own right. There are
also numerous posters with reproductions
based on his paintings and prints. Many posters
had been created close to the original; in many
of these prints, the choice of motifs was
probably made by the artist himself.