In celebration of the Lichtenstein exhibition recently at the Tate, we bring you one of Roy Lichtenstein’s iconic images from his Retro Women collection.
Lichtenstein (1923–1997) was influenced by Picasso and Matisse but in the 1960’s broke with the precepts of abstract expressionism and hit upon a new concept of painting inspired by comic strips, advertising and mass culture imagery. He imitated the techniques of comic books, using a palette of primary colours, heavy black outlines and Benday dots that simulated shadows and tonalities. This blog is an adaptation of the Introduction to Lichtenstein from the Tate website.
You can take part in creating your own Lichtenstein painting on 17th June at The Chapel Bar, Penton Road, Islington.