Roy Lichtenstein was the master of the stereotype, and the
most sophisticated of the major Pop artists in terms of his
analysis of visual convention and his ironic exploitation
of past styles. The work for which he is now known was the
product of a long apprenticeship.
"He was born in New York City in October 1923. His parents
were middle-class and he described himself as having had a
quiet and uneventful childhood. Though art was not taught
as part of the curriculum at his high school, in his junior
year he started to draw and paint as a hobby. His first subjects
were jazz musicians (the product of a youthful enthusiasm
for their music), and his work was affected by Picasso's
Blue and Rose Period paintings, which he knew from reproductions.
"In his last year of high school, 1939, he enrolled for
summer art classes at the Art Students' League under Reginald
Marsh. [Read More]