Whaam!


Whaam!

Infobox Painting|



backcolor=#FBF5DF
painting_alignment=right
image_size=230px
title=Whaam!
artist=Roy Lichtenstein
year=1963
type=Diptych
height=5 ft.
width=7
height_inch=13 ft.
width_inch=4
city=London
museum=Tate Modern

"Whaam!" (1963) is a painting by Pop Art artist Roy Lichtenstein. It is widely regarded as one of his finest and notable works. It follows the comic strip-based themes of some of his past paintings.

The painting, a diptych, is large in scale, measuring 1.7 x 4.0 m (5 ft 7 in x 13 ft 4 in).

Information

One of the earliest known examples of pop art, "Whaam!"' adapted a comic-book panel from a 1962 issue of DC Comics' "All-American Men of War".cite web
url=http://www.tate.org.uk/servlet/ViewWork?workid=8782
work=Tate Collection
title=Whaam!
first=Roy
last=Lichtenstein
accessdate=2008-01-27
] The painting depicts a fighter aircraft firing a rocket into an enemy plane, with a red-and-yellow explosion. The cartoon style is heightened by the use of the onomatopoeic lettering "Whaam!" and the yellow-boxed caption with black lettering, "I pressed the fire control... and ahead of me rockets blazed through the sky..."

Housing

The painting is currently in the Tate Modern in London, England.

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