Press: Harry N. Abrams; 1 edition (October 1, 2008)
Author Name:Rubin, Susan Goldman
The life of the great Pop Art painter Roy Lichtenstein, illustrated with his most famous artworks. In the newest of Abrams’ award-winning line of picture book biographies of artists, Susan Goldman Rubin evocatively explores Roy Lichtenstein’s work and life and his groundbreaking influence on the art world.
In Roy’s long career as a teacher, artist, and innovator, he changed the way that people thought about art and how artists thought about their subjects, challenging people to see familiar sights with new eyes. Classically trained in painting and drawing, Roy found inspiration from cartoons, newspaper comics, and children’s booksimages most people didn’t consider serious” art.
He also chose to paint, in meticulous detail, the building blocks of paintinga single brushstroke or the back of a canvasdrawing attention to the way that artists use these tools.
Roy and the other Pop Artists, including Andy Warhol, broke down the rules about what makes proper subjects for fine art.
In over a thousand paintings and numerous other works, Roy brought familiar images into new light and captured the imagination of the world.
The book includes a bibliography, an index, and a list of museums where you can see Lichtenstein’s work.
As in her Andy Warhol: Pop Art Painter (2006), Rubin presents an overview of a modern master with clear writing and an abundance of his eye-popping works, all framed on pages that mirror the artist’s signature use of primary colors and Benday dots.
She begins with Lichtenstein’s early career as a middling expressionist, secretly making paintings based on comic books and advertising.
She then details his techniques and explains that while his works might look mass-produced—like Warhol’s—Lichtenstein remained true to his painterly roots, painstakingly applying the dots and heavy lines to actual canvas.
Nearly all of the works discussed are reproduced here, some accompanied by the comic panels that inspired them.
While the book does inexplicitly maintain the distinction between “fine” art and “comic” art—Lichtenstein’s work being an example of the former for commenting on the latter—some readers, particularly graphic novel aficionados, may disagree.
This well-sourced introduction to an artist with obvious kid appeal is ideal to open the floor to questions about the boundary between art and imitation.
About the Author
Susan Goldman Rubin has written a number of books for young readers, including Andy Warhol: Pop Art Painter; L’Chaim! To Jewish Life in America; Searching for Anne Frank; Margaret Bourke-White, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and Steven Spielberg: Crazy for Movies, named one of the New York Public Library’s Best Books for the Teen Age.
She lives in Malibu, California.
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