Five Pop Art masterpieces
- 22 February 2013
Can't get enough Pop Art? We've chosen our favourite pieces of Pop Art on display across the UK, from Lichtenstein in Edinburgh to Blake in Chichester.
1. Peter Blake, The Beatles 1962
Pallant House Gallery
One of the greatest pop bands, by one of the greatest Pop artists. Five years before he designed the iconic cover to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Blake created this renowned conversation piece depicting the Fab Four at the start of their career.
2. David Hockney, A Bigger Splash
This iconic canvas by the Yorkshire painter is bigger in more ways than one. Measuring almost two and a half metres at each side, the painting is 1960s California writ large in bold blocks of colour – palm trees, diving boards and a lone director's chair.
3. Roy Lichtenstein, In the Car
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
Also known as 'Driving', this typically comic book-influenced painting was inspired by a now-forgotten series called Girls' Romances. A second version of the painting sold for a record $42.6 million when it was auctioned at Christie's New York in 2010.
4. Patrick Caulfield, After Lunch
Art and reality are switched in this striking restaurant scene. Only the picture hanging from the wall is photorealistic – everything else, from the fish tank placed in front of it to the waiter leaning in the background, is rendered in block colours and black outlines.
5. Andy Warhol, Black Bean
Last but by no means least, the Pop Art patriarch's painting of a can of Campbell's soup is one of the most recognisable images of the 20th century. Warhol's depiction of a mass produced product – screen-printed, so it too could be mass produced – captured art's developing relationship with commercialism.