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What Was Lichtenstein Doing on May 13, 1977?

POSTED BY , ON September 10, 2012, Comments Off

Extracted from the comprehensive exhibition catalogue, explore our new—and incredibly detailed—online timeline of Lichtenstein’s life and work. Some fun facts I learned from a quick perusal of Lichtenstein’s early life:

– In the Summer of 1937, he was hard at work on “romantic watercolors” of the forest and lake of his Maine summer camp.

– In 1940 he took Reginald Marsh’s painting class at the Art Students League.

– While stationed in Europe during World War II, he saw exhibitions about Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Paul Cézanne. He also had a rather dashing photo taken in front of the Eiffel Tower.

– Lichtenstein taught at Ohio State University after finishing his BFA and MFA there. But in 1950, he was denied tenure due to lack of “substantial growth.”

– In 1951 he started bringing his paintings to gallerists in New York…strapped on top of his car.

Oh, and in case you’re still wondering, on May 13, 1977 he was awarded doctorate of fine arts from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia.

Image credit: Lichtenstein, age eleven, at Lake Buel, in Massachusetts, 1933. Photographer unknown. The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation Archives.

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