He also used Ben-Day dots so as to increase the range of colours available to newspaper printing. Lichtenstein was sometimes accused of copying comics and producing useless images. His fame as a Pop artist began with his first one-man exhibition in New York in 1962.
Lichtenstein turned to the work of artists such as Monet and Picasso as inspiration for his work. His famous 'Stepping Out' is immediately recognised because of Lichtenstein's limited use of colour and his thick black outlines. For Stepping Out, (1978), Roy Lichtenstein took one of Fernand Leger’s famous compositions, know as the Three Musicians, and added a female figure with displaced features resembling the Surrealist women painted by Picasso in the 1930s.
The viewer sees a man and woman, smartly dressed. The man has a straw hat and a flower in his lapel. The woman with reduced features, has a single eye set on its side, a mouth, and a lock of blonde hair. She is resting her face on a mirror.
The viewer will discover human emotions being conveyed in this large picture. The large painting is made up of bright colours with definite lines and forms. The colours are red, white, blue, yellow and black.
The woman has wavy blonde hair, a blue eye and very red lips. She has on a yellow scarf and coat and is portrayed simply. The man and woman may seem somewhat distant from each other but they are united in the colours represented in the painting. Both the man and woman's face has red dots that Lichtenstein is famous for. The woman's scarf touches the man's striped blue tie.
Even up to the later part of his life, Roy Lichtenstein spent many hours in his studio. His works were recognised and acquired by museums from all over the world. He was also presented with different awards such as the 1995 National Medal of Arts for his remarkable works. These original hand-painted artworks can be tailored to your liking by skilled artists and delivered as a gift.
Roy Lichtenstein has had personal exhibitions in Europe, London, Berne and Amsterdam and had many public commissions for major cities such as New York, Paris, Tokyo and Barcelona, being recognised as a major figure of American Pop Art. He died in 1997 in New York.