Whaam! painting

Whaam! Is an artwork made by the American painter Roy Lichtenstein in 1963. This is one of the most iconic paints of the pop art movement and one of the most important for the artist. This paint was an exhibit for the first time in the “Leo Castelli” gallery in New York in 1963. Later on in 1966 the “Tate gallery” bought it in London, where it was permanent exhibit since 2006.

Roy Lichtenstein - Whaam!
Roy Lichtenstein – Whaam!

This artwork it has two panels, both of them are diptych technique. The left hand panel shows a military plane firing a rocket. The right side of the paint it can be seen an explosion of a second plane due to the projectile shoot by the first plane.

Whaam! inspiration

The inspiration of the artist came after serving in the United States Army during the World War II as an anti-aircraft basic training. After he was sent to a pilot training but before he joins, it was canceled. After the war, the artist did a lot of the topics related to war and romance. As this artwork, Lichtenstein did several works related to aerial combat. This painting is part of a series of art that he worked on between 1962 and 1964. The other very important paint of the war topic is “As I Open Fire”


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