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Pop Art

·Introduction
This essay will discuss paintings by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. The pieces it will discuss are: name and date the pieces, list any key theories or research....

·Pop Art – background
Who, where, when, what before and after, what happening at the time (context),

Pop Art started in the 1950s when the Independent Group started to reference popular culture in their artwork. The term Pop Art didn’t appear until 1958 in an article by Lawrence Alloway. It moved to America in the 1960s. 1950s Britain was optimistic after the end of role War 2 and the rationing that went with it. It was also a time where youth culture and pop music became more major parts of society.

Pop Art referenced popular culture such as: ‘billboards, comic strips, magazines, advertisements and supermarket products.’(artlex.com). It wanted to make art appeal to a different audience by making art “less academic” (artchive.com). It tried to reflect the “urban, consumer, modern experience” (artchive.com).

The main people associated with the movement include: Richard Hamilton, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenerg and Claes Oldenburg.

Warhol had a studio called “The Factory”. Instead of traditional one-off pieces, the name of his studio makes it sound as if he is producing lots of final pieces. There were mixed reviews when Pop Art was first shown. Some people said it was anti-art or non-art because it used “low culture”. ‘Others took it to be a new type of American Scene Painting or Social Realism’ (Dempsey, 2002 p219)

This piece is by Roy Lichtenstein. It is called Drowning Girl. It was painted in 1963. It is oil and synthetic polymer paint on canvas.

The colours used are limited. They are mostly different shades and tints of primary blue. It uses cool colours to mirror the emotions of the piece: sadness. The only other colour used is pink. It uses a mixture of thickness of line which are all curved in some...
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