Roy LICHTENSTEIN

1923-1997

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Status, price and estimation of the artist Roy LICHTENSTEIN

Price of a painting signed Lichtenstein: 10,000 – 50,000,000€.

Estimate of a drawing or watercolour by the artist for auction: 7,000 – 300,000€.

Artist’s price for the sale of a print: 100 – 300,000€.

Price of a sculpture by the artist: 3,000 – 800,000€.

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The artistic awakening of Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein was born in 1923 in Manhattan. He grew up with a pianist mother and a real estate agent father.

His interest in the arts came gradually as he continued his schooling. The end of his high school career was punctuated by a summer session during which he did more specific training with the Arts Student League in New York, before enrolling at Ohio University to obtain a Fine Arts degree. His apprenticeship took shape under the influence of one of his professors, Hoyt L. Sherman.

During WWII, he put his training on hold and joined the army. He diligently took it up again immediately after the war.

Playing with the codes of his time

Lichtenstein was considered the leader of the American Pop Art movement alongside Andy Warhol, with whom he shared the same artistic ideal. He broke free from the academic straitjacket of Abstract Expressionism, a style that he had nurtured in his early years.

It was in the early 1960s that Lichtenstein came to use the medium of advertising and the insertion of motifs from the world of comic strips.

The evocative power of popular representation opens up fertile grounds for its expression, and the popular register is a choice intercessor for staging and denouncing post-war consumerist society.

Although his technique borrows from the mechanical side, it does not deny the academic tradition.

Thus, Lichtenstein went back and forth between classical references and popular imagery, which is why he was so successful in his art.

Lichtenstein also taught drawing and other subjects throughout his career.

The Lichtenstein phenomenon

Lichtenstein exhibited at Leo Castelli’s art dealership in 1962, a phenomenon exhibition, where all his paintings found buyers even before the inauguration.

The retrospective exhibition held in 2013 at the Centre Pompidou in Paris was also a great success.

As for the art market, Lichtenstein’s works are reaching record levels. During his lifetime, the comic book picture Torpedo… Los! an oil painting dating from the early 1960s, sold at Christie’s for almost 5.5 million dollars.

When he died in 1997, Roy Lichtenstein left a considerable body of work behind. It was distributed among the collections of many private individuals and has been exhibited by institutions all over the world.

Recognising Roy Lichtenstein’s signature

Like many artists, Roy Lichtenstein did not sign all of his works. However, you will find below an example of the signatures to give you an idea. Variations of these signatures do exist, do not hesitate to contact one of our experts to formally authenticate a signature.

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