Birth and Death
Lichtenstein died of complications from pneumonia on September 29, 1997, at the New York University Medical Center in Manhattan.
Picasso's depictions of weeping women may have influenced Lichtenstein to produce portrayals of vulnerable teary-eyed women. Another possible influence on his emphasis on depicting distressed women in the early to mid-1960s was that his first marriage was dissolving at the time. Lichtenstein's first marriage to Isabel Wilson, which resulted in two sons, lasted from 1949 to 1965.
Building on his late 1950s drawings of comic strips characters, Look Mickey marks Lichtenstein's first full employment of painterly techniques to reproduce almost faithful representations of pop culture and so satirize and comment upon the then developing process of mass production of visual imagery.
The painting is based on the January–February 1962 comic book series All-American Men of War edition published by National Periodical Publications Inc. (now part of D. C. Comics).The painting depicts a pilot ejecting from an exploding plane.
Info about lichtenstein
#1 Initially Roy Lichtenstein was not a comic book enthusiast:Roy Lichtenstein was born on October 27, 1923 in a Jewish family. As a boy he was not a comic book fan although later, comic strips would provide inspiration for his best known works.
#2 He started as a Cubist Artist: roy Lichtenstein’s initially worked in Cubism and Abstract Expressionism. By late 1950s, however, his works included hidden images of cartoon characters.
#3 His son drove him towards Pop Art:His 1961 painting Look Mickey is regarded as the bridge between his Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art works. He created the painting after his son challenged him by pointing out to a Mickey Mouse comic book and saying, “I bet you can’t paint as good as that, eh, Dad?”
#4 ‘Whaam!’ is Roy Lichtenstein’s most famous painting
#5 Lichtenstein made a film