The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation has contributed approximately 2000 images of his work to the Artstor Digital Library, offering a survey of his oeuvre with many highlights. The Foundation has also provided cataloging for these images.
Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) was an American Pop artist best known for a signature style that borrows from mass culture, particularly comic books and advertising. Lichtenstein's technique, which often involved the use of stencils, sought to bring the look and feel of commercial printing processes to his work. Through the use of primary colors, thick outlines, and Benday dots, Lichtenstein endeavored to make his works appear machine-made. By the mid-1960s, Lichtenstein was applying the same ethos to create Pop versions of Modern masters such as Cezanne, Picasso, and Mondrian. He also produced sculptures using various, often painted, metals. He was both innovative and prolific, leaving an oeuvre of more than 5,000 paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, murals and other objects.
The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation was chartered in 1998, following the wishes of the artist and his family, to facilitate access to his work and that of his contemporaries, and to create a catalogue raisonné for Lichtenstein.The mission has expanded to include a major initiative in photography, among other projects.
The Foundation began operation in 1999 in the artist’s West Greenwich Village studio. Its primary offices are currently located in a townhouse contiguous to the studio. These offices house the research library, administration and other work spaces.