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Things That Go Pop

Roy Lichtenstein, American (1923-1997). Oh, Jeff...I Love You, Too...But…, 1964. Oil and Magna on canvas. 121.9 x 121.9 cm (48 x 48 in). © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein. Collection Simonyi.

As one of the first artists to merge pop culture with fine art, Roy Lichtenstein is justifiably considered to be one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Now, the Art Institute of Chicago is presenting the most comprehensive retrospective of his work since his death in 1997, with over 160 paintings, sculptures, and drawings.

The exhibit spans the full length of Lichtenstein’s career, tracing the artist’s move from landscapes, Cubism, and Abstract Expressionism to pop art. This break came in 1961, when Lichtenstein created Look, Mickey, which was inspired by an illustration from one of his children’s books. From that point, Lichtenstein began to develop his signature style, which was marked by bold colors, Ben-Day dots, and the reinterpretation of familiar images, which ranged from comic book panels to works by Monet.

Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective runs through September 3, 2012. If you can’t make it to the Windy City this summer, we've put together a few images from the exhibit for your viewing pleasure.

Roy Lichtenstein, American (1923-1997). Untitled, 1959. Oil on canvas. 86.5 x 71.3 cm (34.0625 x 28.0625 in). © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein. Private Collection.
Roy Lichtenstein, American (1923-1997). Look Mickey, 1961. Oil on canvas. 121.9 x 175.3 cm (48 x 69 in). © National Gallery of Art. The National Gallery of Art. Dorothy and Roy Lichtenstein, Gift of the artist, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery.

Roy Lichtenstein, American (1923-1997). Keds, 1961. Oil on canvas. 123.2 x 88.3 cm (48.5 x 34.75 in). © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein. The Robert B. Mayer Family Collection, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Roy Lichtenstein, American (1923-1997). Haystacks, 1969. Oil and Magna on canvas. 40.6 x 61 cm (16 x 24 in). © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein. The Ruben Family.

Roy Lichtenstein, American (1923-1997). Landscape in Fog, 1996. Oil and Magna on canvas. 180.3 x 207.6 cm (71 x 81.75 in). © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein. Private Collection.

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