Essay on Lichtensteins Sunset

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Subject Area:Arts

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During the period of revolution, silk printing and collage became widespread, a feature which was common to the Dada Movement. The regiment between traditional art and pop art was intense that writers became too abrasive and caused mayhem on the Pop artists who, by late 1960s, were dominating the industry. Interesting, a female writer was at the center of the death of Andy Whorl in 1968, a culmination of the decade-long discord. Pop art rose in precedence in the 1960s with Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, and Claes Oldenburg leading the show. This group of artists was instrumental in the defining the art to the world who were quickly getting to appreciate comic art and painting as more natural and appealing (Hunt).

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It is interesting to underscore that a comic art involves characters that portray human values, so are the characters in a book (Christophe et al. From this strand of ideology, the paper is a quick but intensive exploration of a painting created in the 1960s by Lichtenstein, the sunset. However, I’m particularly interested in understanding the artist behind this awesome art, Roy Lichtenstein. Lichtenstein is one of the first American Pop artists to receive widespread acknowledge for his indispensable influence in the critical movement. Lichtenstein’s early works were diverse in style and subject matter and majorly demonstrated much understanding of modernist painting. Lichtenstein was drawn to cliché, the subject matter and the genre of landscapes was more authoritative and appealing from the avant-garde concerns.

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Interestingly, these landscape paintings were mainly derived from the background of most commonly viewed pop comic works. Lichtenstein’s skill innocuously distilled the compositions of the comic arts to the most basic pictorial elements. The black outlines present in the Sunrise disappear, which only leave bands of solid color and massed group of dots to illustrate the mountains and the sky. This artwork had a significant impact on the viewer. Lichtenstein’s image revolves around understanding the role of modernist art and abstract expressionist beliefs. This period of Pop art history was marked by a transition from the conventional modernity to normality. In the words of Erdogan, the change “rejects the system and order of the system” wherein the art industry, audiences, and culture undergo re-processing to create more cultures that are acceptable to the populations.

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An essential aspect of this philosophical connotation is the objective of changing beliefs through shapes and colors in a more abstract manner. A look at the Sunset artwork by Lichtenstein betrays the intentions of the artist since it is more of an attack on comic art and videos than to originality. Given the content of work under its formalized state, the artist explicitly considers that the environment is made up of different colors or reflective state and hence the reality of the image. On a formal state, each item gets a representative of its unique state other than a mixed reactionary of all colors and shapes in the image. Following the guidance of the formality, the artist offers consideration for such through identifying different subject matters.

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Lichtenstein’s work was a crucial contribution to the rise and eminence of the Pop art. Indeed the increase of technical advancement and reproduction spelled doom to Pop art in 1940. Indeed, the paintings culminated into discussions about changing the conventional understanding of art and culture. People wanted to see and feel the art from their experiences- that was the inevitable change that everyone desired towards the period towards 1970 (Mercurio etal. The paintings were instrumental especially, in the development of modern art where artists realized the need to attach the object to the medium. As opposed to the literary works and films that proved more imaginative, Lichtenstein’s idea was to inspire change, introduce value through what people commonly see. In conclusion, Lichtenstein was instrumental in the era of popular art.

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