Drowning Girl - Roy Lichtenstein

Topics: Roy Lichtenstein, Caravaggio, Pop art Pages: 2 (682 words) Published: May 5, 2013
Drowning Girl, Roy Lichtenstein
Roy Lichtenstein was an America Pop Artist. He was born on October 27th, 1923 and grew up in into an upper class family in Manhattan, New York. After graduating, Lichtenstein studied briefly at the Art Students League then enrolled at Ohio State University. He was forced to leave and during 1943 and 1946, he joined the army then returned to Ohio State and got a masters degree in teaching. After a few years in teaching, Lichtenstein was influenced by one of his students by the name of Hoyt Sherman. Roy Lichtenstein’s most famous piece is “Drowning Girl” made in 1963 and is a comic style picture. This style of art started in the early 60’s. It was a big year in Pop Art. Advertising was using some of the elements in modern art. One example of this was the Campbell’s Soup Can. Bright primary colours were mainly the only colours used in Pop Culture at the time. The image “Drowning Girl” is thought to be about a girl who doesn’t care about living anymore. She is isolated and is surrounded in a pool of water. She quotes “I don’t care! I’d rather sink than call Brad for help!”. The main art elements in this piece are Colour, Texture, Line, Shape and Tone. The colour is important because it consists of very basic and faded colours like blue, black, cream and pink. Having faded colours make the picture look simple and easy to look at and understand. Texture is another important part because when blown up to a large size, you can see that it is actually made on lots of tiny dots like most comics in those days were. The movement of the water is a main element in the line category. The water around the girl makes it easier to see that she is being dragged into the water. Shape and tone are important because the picture is not 3D and it is ‘cartoony’. Judith Beheading Holofernes, Caravaggio

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was an Italian Baroque style artist. He was born on 29th of September, 1571 and grew up in Milan, Italy. His family...
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