Where Did Pop Art Come From?


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The pop art movement has its roots in the commercial culture of the United States during the post-war period. Key artists included Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Richard Pettibone.

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Pop art originated in the U.S. in the mid-1950s and rose to prominence in the early 1960s. It was the result of the emergence of mass market consumer products and mass media. During the period, the price of consumer goods dropped and television became a common form of media, which caused a blend of high culture and popular culture in the art scene. Pop art drew much influence from pop culture imagery and everyday items. It also focused on bold colors and realistic imagery. Some artists used mass production techniques such as silkscreening to replicate their works, mirroring the manufacturing process of consumer goods.

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