Lesson 36: Pop Art

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  • Explore All Art Movements and Periods

    You will learn about all the leading art movements and periods, such as primitive art, ancient Greek art, the Renaissance, Romanticism, Impressionism, Modernism, and contemporary art. There is also a lot of attention to non-Western art, such as Islamic Art, Hindu Art, Chinese Art, Oceanic Art and African Art, and the globalization of the art world.

  • All Famous Artists and Their Masterpieces

    The course covers important artists like Sultan Muhammad, Fan Kuan, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Utagawa Hiroshige, Vincent van Gogh, Ilya Repin, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, Banksy and many more, and discusses their most influential works.

  • Cultural and Historical Context

    Our courses also focus on the study of the cultural, social, political, and economic contexts in which artworks are created.

  • Various Media and Techniques

    You will explore different art forms and techniques, such as painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, and digital art.

Introduction to this course:


The generation I belong to grew up with pop music during their youth. This so-called popular music owed its popularity primarily to the rise of radio and record players in the 1950s and 1960s, making music suddenly accessible to almost everyone. Pop music had numerous styles, with its common denominator being its popularity among large groups of people, especially young people. Moreover, the economy developed rapidly during this period, allowing these young people to spend money on this music, both in the form of 45 RPM records and long-playing records (LPs), as well as attending concerts. People from my generation, I was born in 1954, all remember the screaming fans at the concerts of Elvis Presley and the Beatles. It was also a period in which the growing youth sought their own identity and more freedoms. Women advocated for their rights, and for the first time, there was talk of the sexual revolution. All of this was accompanied by the sounds of pop music, all expressions of a rapidly changing world. In the art world, the pop art movement is dated between 1950 and 1970.

Marilyn Monroe, van Andy Warhol uit 1964
Image: Marilyn Monroe (Shot Orange), from 1964 by Andy Warhol. In this image, you see a print of a lithograph made from the original artwork (licensed by the Andy Warhol Foundation). Andy Warhol created this series in response to Marilyn Monroe’s suicide in 1962. It’s a characteristic example of Warhol’s art.
Location: This artwork was sold by Sotheby’s auction house for $17.3 million to a private art collector.

Pop Art as a Bridge between the Old and the New Culture

It’s no wonder that in the world of art, too, there was a desire to break away from the prevailing art elite of abstract expressionism and the disposable culture that was prevalent in America at that time. However, in pop art, you can find many connections between the existing cultural expressions and the new popular culture. The goal was to create art that was popular, art for the masses. That’s why pop art artists looked to well-known comic strips, images, and messages that were considered normal in advertising. In this way, pop art artists sought to bridge the gap between the ‘old’ art and the ‘new’ expressions that people recognized from their comic books and advertising. One remarkable pop art artist was Claes Oldenburg (1929-2022). He was born in Sweden but grew up in the United States. His sculptures consisted of ordinary and recognizable objects that he enlarged, such as food items and tools.

Balancerend gereedschap, uit 1984, voor het Vitra Design Museum, van de popart beeldhouwer Claes Oldenburg. en Coosje van Bruggen.Image: Balancing Tools, from 1984, for the Vitra Design Museum. It’s an artwork by pop art sculptor Claes Oldenburg and his second wife, the Dutch sculptor Coosje van Bruggen (1942-2009).
Location: This sculpture is located on the grassy area near the Vitra Design Museum, situated at Charles-Eames-Straße 2 in the town of Weil am Rhein in the German state of Baden-Württemberg.

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