Pop artist Roy Lichtenstein popular in South Korea

American pop artist, the late Roy Lichtenstein‘s (27 Oct 1923 – 29 Sept 1997) work has gained huge popularity in South Korea thanks to the Samsung slush fund scandal. One of Lichtenstein’s work, “Happy Tears” appeared on a list of artworks that were allegedly bought by Samsung with money from corporate slush funds. The scandal brought Lichtenstein into the limelight, a decade after his death.


A file photo of ‘Happy Tears’ by Roy Lichtenstein,
valued at US$7.15 million, which Samsung Group
chairman Lee Kun-hee’s wife allegedly bought with
money from Samsung slush funds.

Korean collectors take the fame of the artist highly into consideration when they make a purchase.

Lichtenstein’s work is heavily influenced by both popular advertising and the comic book style.

View and learn about Lichtenstein’s pieces:
Drowning Girl
Girl with Hair Ribbon, 1965
Crying Girl

View Roy Lichtenstein’s work on AllPosters.com

Source & pics credit: Digital Chosunilbo

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