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La Victoire de Samothrace, Unknown, 190 BC

Modular Painting with Four Panels

Lichtenstein

1969

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The final work on this tour is from iconic Pop Art artist Roy Lichtenstein.

While working as an art teacher in New York in 1960, Lichtenstein was struck by the beauty and effectiveness of comic strips.

He was challenged by his son who pointed at a Mickey Mouse strip and teased him: "Dad - I bet you can't paint as good as that"!

Lichtenstein took up the challenge and started blowing up comic strips to gigantic proportions.

He also chose to reproduce the Ben Day dots - the dots used by commercial artists to facilitate the printing process - signalling to the viewer that this was a mass-produced object.

Lichtenstein's work was highly controversial.

For many, he was simply appropriating another artist's work.

But for him, that was beside the point.

It could have been any other object.

Lichtenstein's aim was to take a mass-produced object and turn it into a work of art.

By choosing the comic strip - like Duchamp had chosen the urinal - Lichtenstein was elevating the comic strip and assigning new meaning and beauty to it.

Like Duchamp, his art was aimed at serving the mind.

Lichtenstein is one of the most famous and recognisable American artists of all time.

One of his paintings recently sold for $165 million.

That's it for our tour of Pompidou - we hope you enjoyed it! For your next exploration, why not try a tour of Pompeii!

La Joconde, de Vinci (1519)

Next:

The Viaduct at L'Estaque

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