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Whaam! The Art and Life of Roy Lichtenstein [Hardcover]

Susan Goldman Rubin

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Book Description

Oct. 1 2008

The life of the great Pop Art painter Roy Lichtenstein, illustrated with his most famous artworks.


In the newest of Abrams’ award-winning line of picture book biographies of artists, Susan Goldman Rubin evocatively explores Roy Lichtenstein’s work and life and his groundbreaking influence on the art world. In Roy’s long career as a teacher, artist, and innovator, he changed the way that people thought about art and how artists thought about their subjects, challenging people to see familiar sights with new eyes.


Classically trained in painting and drawing, Roy found inspiration from cartoons, newspaper comics, and children’s books—images most people didn’t consider “serious” art. He also chose to paint, in meticulous detail, the building blocks of painting—a single brushstroke or the back of a canvas—drawing attention to the way that artists use these tools. Roy and the other Pop Artists, including Andy Warhol, broke down the rules about what makes proper subjects for fine art. In over a thousand paintings and numerous other works, Roy brought familiar images into new light and captured the imagination of the world. The book includes a bibliography, an index, and a list of museums where you can see Lichtenstein’s work.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1 edition (Oct. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810994925
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810994928
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 26.2 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #698,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Susan Goldman Rubin has written a number of books for young readers, including Andy Warhol: Pop Art Painter; L’Chaim! To Jewish Life in America; Searching for Anne Frank; Margaret Bourke-White, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and Steven Spielberg: Crazy for Movies, named one of the New York Public Library’s Best Books for the Teen Age. She lives in Malibu, California.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WHAAM! says it all Feb. 13 2010
By P. French - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book as a reference material for 5th graders when I was teaching a Pop Art lesson in each art and computer. I love the quality of the images and the information it provided for my students. The book is about 12" x 12" for the images are nice and big with lots of detail. I would recommend this book to anyone.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Coffee Table Book Jan. 26 2013
By Citizen Jane - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I looked at several Lichtenstein books before deciding on this one. I didn't realize that this was a children's book though! It would have helped to know that before purchasing it. However, the book itself was informative and the pictures were great.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pop onto the Life of an Artist May 12 2012
By Ms Kristin M Earnst - Published on Amazon.com
The reproductions of Lichtenstein's cartoon/comic-inspired art works are the immediate draw of this book for many youngsters, but the extensively researched text also provides older youths with insights into how a child who loves art becomes a mature working artist (including schooling, shows, side-jobs, setbacks, breakthroughs, and historical and contemporary inspirations). Rubin has also written books of comparable depth on artists Thiebaud, Warhol, Hopper, and O'Keeffe, but this one on Lichtenstein has the most "curb appeal."
5.0 out of 5 stars For Roy Lichtenstein lovers old and young Dec 22 2013
By A. Germain - Published on Amazon.com
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Written simply enough for a child, but very enjoyable for an adult. Great pictures help you visualize the nuances of his artwork in detail enabling the budding artist to copy and develop the techniques and style of this master through studying the beautiful photos of his artwork.
5.0 out of 5 stars So fun and colorful Sept. 16 2013
By Common sense - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Gave this to my recent college grad daughter as her all-important house-warming new apartment coffee table book. She loves it and so do I. Iconic art and just even sitting on her table, does much to enliven her apartment!

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