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Roy Lichtenstein, b.1923

Bicentennial Print1975

Printmaking was integral to Lichtenstein’s practice and he played an active role in the renaissance of American printmaking in the 1960s. Throughout his career he created some 350 printed works, primarily with imagery and motifs that echoed his work in painting. This printwork was part of a portfolio created as an observance of the Bicentennial of the United States (1776-1976), and in keeping with the celebratory tributes, is an eruption of colour and motion. The work is typical of Lichtenstein’s output, characterised by a highly simplified colour scheme, stylised forms and black outlines.

MediumLithograph with silkscreen
Dimensions76 x 56.7 cm Framed: 88 x 67.5 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: The Novak/O'Doherty Collection at IMMA Gift, The American Ireland Fund, 2014
EditionEdition 106/200
Item NumberIMMA.3859
Image Caption
Roy Lichtenstein, Bicentennial Print, 1975, Lithograph with silkscreen, 76 x 56.7 cm Framed: 88 x 67.5 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, The Novak/O'Doherty Collection at IMMA Gift, The American Ireland Fund, 2014

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About the Artist

Roy Lichtenstein 1923–1997

Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein was born in manhattan. He studied with the painter Reginald Marsh at the Art Students League. Lichenstein was conscripted to the US Army with the outbreak of World War II. After the war he received his BFA and MFA from Ohio State University. Until 1963 he held various teaching positions. During the 1960s, along with Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns, Lichtenstein became a leading figure in the Pop Art movement. His work was heavily influenced by popular advertising and comic book style, an approach that he continued for the rest of his career. After his death the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation was established in 1999. A major retrospective opened at the Art Institute of Chicago in May 2012 before going to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, Tate Modern in London, and the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2013.
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