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  • 0:38 History of Pop Art
  • 1:29 Famous Pop Artists
  • 2:15 Importance of Pop Art
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Instructor: Nola Bridgens

Nola has taught elementary school and tutored for four years. She has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education, a master's degree in Marketing, and is a certified teacher.

Who knew you could become famous by painting soup cans, ketchup bottles or sunglasses? Many artists became famous in the mid-1900s by creating pop art paintings based on everyday products, which we'll learn about in this lesson.

Pop Art

Do you like looking at bold images of everyday items painted in bright colors? This type of art is called pop art and it began in the 1950s. Pop art is a style of art based on simple, bold images of everyday items, such as soup cans, painted in bright colors. Pop artists created pictures of consumer product labels and packaging, photos of celebrities, comic strips, and animals. The surprised woman in this image is an example of a comic strip style of pop art. Notice how it uses bold colors.

Pop Art

History of Pop Art

After World War II ended, people were making and spending more money than ever before. Mass-produced items became more abundant, and the television replaced radio as the most popular form of media. These events directly influenced the beginning of the pop art movement that began in the 1950s in Great Britain and the United States. Artists aiming for a different approach to painting and other forms of art were inspired by celebrities, movie stars, and store-bought products.

The term 'pop art' originated with Lawrence Alloway, a British museum supervisor. He used the term to describe the new form of 'popular' art that had a modern feel and the phrase stuck. The popularity of pop art spread throughout Great Britain and the United States during the 1960s. Many famous artists who participated in this artistic movement became household names.

Famous Pop Artists

Andy Warhol is known for his paintings of Campbell's soup cans. He also painted animals, movie stars, musicians, and other well-known people. Warhol used small dots of bright color to create the paintings and became famous for using this method.

Roy Lichtenstein was famous for creating images inspired by comic strips and advertisements. He used a stencil style of painting because he wanted his work to look like it had been printed.

Jasper Johns painted flags, large numbers, and maps and the simplicity and uniqueness of his work captured the attention of art enthusiasts. Johns was also skilled in print-making and would often reproduce the same images both as paintings and as prints.

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