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1) Roy Fox Lichtenstein, October 27, 1923 to September 29, 1997 (age 73), was an American pop artist. During the 1960s, he was one of the artists who became a leading figure in the new art movement.
2) His work defined the premise of pop art through parody. Inspired by the comic strip, Lichtenstein produced precise compositions that documented while they parodied, often in a tongue-in-cheek manner.
3) His work was influenced by popular advertising and comic books. His artwork was considered to be "disruptive". He described pop art as "not 'American' painting but actually industrial painting.
4) Among many other works of art lost in the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001, a painting from Lichtenstein's The Entablature Series was destroyed in the subsequent fire.
5) In 1996 the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. became the largest single repository of the artist's work when Lichtenstein donated 154 prints and 2 books.
6) Outside the U.S. and Europe, the National Gallery of Australia's Kenneth Tyler Collection has holdings of his prints, numbering over 300 works. There are some 4,500 works thought to be in circulation.
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