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Roy Lichtenstein's Art

Roy Lichtenstein has been one of the most innovative painters of the late twentiety century. He has tried a multitude of forms and while none could be considered beautiful many were visually interesting and intellectually provocative. He was born in 1923 and taught himself to draw and paint while in high school. He received some formal training in art in a summer program and then entered Ohio State University in 1940 in the fine arts program. He was drafted into the army in 1943 at age of twenty and served until 1946. He re-entered Ohio State in 1946 and completed his bachelor's degree in fine arts that year and went to complete a master's degree in fine arts there in 1949. In the 1950's he taught at the State University of New York at Oswego and later at Rutgers University in New Jersey. In 1961 he began to paint in the style that became known as Pop Art.

The following are attempts to create facsimiles of Lichtenstein's art using computer graphics. Those elements, such as the benday dots, which are subject to rule and regularity are ideally suited to computer graphics. When the intent of the artist is to achieve regularity of pattern and placement and uniformity of color computer graphics can more closely achieve the artist's intention than he or she can using physical media. This can be seen clearly in the case of Piet Mondrian, neoplasticism and De Stijl. Lichtenstein's art is entirely different from neoplasticism but at least some of it is structurally very simple as in the case of those shown below.

Based upon Lichtenstein's The Great Pyramid, 1969

Based upon Lichtenstein's White Cloud, 1964

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