Born in New York City on 27 October 1923, Lichtenstein was the son of a prosperous realtor, who used his flair for composition to create paintings with a poster-like power. His signature touches were his bold black outlines and the use of the photo- engraver's Ben Day dots.
His work was inspired by commercial art and commercial art in turn reappropriated his images. "I take a cliche and try to organise its forms to make it monumental," he once said. "The difference is often not great, but it is crucial."
He initially experimented with abstract expressionism, but turned to pop with his landmark Look Mickey, I've Hooked a Big One!! in 1961. He took a comic drawing from a bubblegum wrapper and blew it up into a full-scale painting.Reuse content