Pop art history



Pop Art history & movement description

The Pop Art is an art movement that presents a variety of images from everyday life to media culture. It emerged in the United States and Britain around 1950 and it is considered to precede the postmodern art or at least one of the earliest examples of postmodern art.

The main differences between the two different regions are:

  • American pop art used the common reality to express the irony and parody to express the personal symbolism, a mundane reality to express. New York pop artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichenstein, Keith Haring, James Rosenquist and Claes Oldenburg, were the first to incorporate into their paintings commercial advertisements extracted from popular culture and mass media. Other North American artists were Robert Rauschenberg and Larry Rivers.
  • British pop art uses the same as America but was more academic. Britain uses the image of the paradoxical image of US to show the pattern of American lifestyle viewed from far. In Britain, the most famous painters were Eduardo Paolozzi and Richard Hamilton.


Famous Pop Art paintings in Pop Art History

The aim of pop art is to use the popular images in a culture of art, emphasizing the elements of any culture. This art was often used in advertising, where product labeling or logos can be used by the artist (for example  Campbell’s Soup Cans by  Andy Warhol or Whaam! by Roy Lichtenstein). Some examples of pop art most famous pictures are the following:


Whaam! – 1963 (oil and acrylic resin on canvas) – Roy Lichtenstein

Campbell’s Soup Cans – Andy Warhol

Coca-Cola- Keith Haring

Absolute Vodka – Andy Warhol

Andy Mouse – Keith Haring



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