Celebrating Roy Lichtenstein – Pop Art Godfather

One of the most innovative and influential artists of the latter 20th century, Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997) put the “Bif!,” “Bam!,” and “Pow!” into pop art. His larger-than-life paintings of people in melodramatic situations were inspired by comic strips and newspaper ads, and Lichtenstein made sure they were presented just that way – with a screened effect that resembled an enlarged newspaper page.

In the late 1960s, Lichtenstein began to veer away from narrative art and more toward the abstract. Over the next two decades he explored various movements – Cubism, Surrealism, Expressionism. In the words of art historian Jack Cowart, Lichtenstein’s compositions became “a rich dialogue of forms.” He invented and combined media. He created murals, completed six major commissions for public sculptures, and paid homage to Song dynasty paintings and scrolls with his late-career Chinese Landscapes.

Along with Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, James Rosenquist and a few other contemporaries, Roy Lichtenstein is considered one of the godfathers of pop art. Had he lived, he would have celebrated his 93rd birthday today.

Here are the five top-selling Roy Lichtenstein artworks listed in past sales on LiveAuctioneers:

Brushstroke Nude, 1993

Painted cast aluminum sculpture, from an edition of three + artist’s proof, sold by Phillips, May 10, 2012, $4,800,000


Two figures, Indian, 1979

Oil and magna on canvas, sold by Phillips, Nov. 8, 2010, $3,400,000


Still Life with Cash Box, 1976

Oil and magna on canvas, sold by Phillips, May 10, 2012, $3,000,000



Forms in Space, 1985

Magna on canvas, sold by Phillips, Nov. 7, 2011, $1,300,000



Untitled, 1967

Acrylic on canvas, sold by Phillips, May 13, 2010, $350,000

On the hunt for more of Roy Lichtenstein’s works at auction? Click here to view all Roy Lichtenstein art available to bid on now.

5 things you didn’t know about Pablo Picasso’s early career

By Anonymous - Photo (C) RMN-Grand Palais, Public Domain

By Anonymous – Photo (C) RMN-Grand Palais, Public Domain

The art world celebrates the birthday of Pablo Picasso today, October 25. The Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker and ceramicist is regarded as one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century.

Exceptionally prolific throughout his life, Picasso (1881-1973) achieved universal renown and an immense fortune from his revolutionary artistic accomplishments.

Forty-three years after his death, Picasso’s paintings still sell for record prices. His Les femmes d’Alger (Version 0), a colorful depiction of women of Algiers, sold at Christie’s on May 11, 2015 for $179.4 million. It remains the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction.

Here are five facts from early in Picasso’s career that may surprise you:

1. Young Pablo’s first words were “piz, piz”

According to his mother. These words are a shortening of lápiz, the Spanish word for “pencil.” Picasso started his training as an artist at age 7, taught by his father, who was a traditional academic artist and curator of a local museum.

2. Picasso made his first trip to Paris, then the art capital of Europe, in 1900

Within a year he was signing his work “Picasso,” rather than his birth name: Pablo Ruiz y Picasso. The poverty he experienced in his first few years in Paris gave true meaning to the term “starving artist.” Picasso’s Blue Period (1901–1904), characterized by somber paintings rendered in shades of blue and blue-green, was surely influenced by his dire financial straits.

3. By 1905, Picasso became a favorite of American art collectors and siblings Leo and Gertrude Stein

Gertrude Stein became Picasso’s principal patron, acquiring his drawings and paintings and exhibiting them in her informal salon at her home in Paris. At one of her gatherings in 1905, Picasso met artist Henri Matisse, who would become a lifelong friend and rival.

4. One of Picasso’s friends, the poet and art critic Guillaume Apollinaire, was arrested on suspicion of stealing the Mona Lisa from the Louvre in 1911

Picasso was brought in for questioning, but both men were later exonerated.

5. In May 1917, Picasso designed costumes and set for Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes performance of Parade

A curtain from the ballet, also titled Parade, is the largest of Picasso’s paintings. A year later Picasso married Olga Khokhlova, a ballerina with Diaghilev’s troupe. The ill-fated union marked the first of many tumultuous relationships Picasso had with women.

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Talk Like A Pirate Day: 7 Unique Pirate Collectibles and Antiques

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Chic belt fasteners supported ancient Chinese royals

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Best Tweets @LiveAuctioneers in August

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Vintage Lawn Sprinklers: The Best Way to Cool Down This Summer?

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Old West inspired 20th century artists

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Say ciao to Italian design: 10 interior design tips

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