Whaam! is a 1963 diptych painting by American artist Roy Lichtenstein.
The painting's title (pictured) is displayed in the large onomatopoeia
in the right panel. One of the best-known works of pop art, it is among
Lichtenstein's most important paintings. Whaam! was first exhibited at
the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York City in 1963, and purchased by the
Tate Gallery, London, in 1966. It has been on permanent display at Tate
Modern since 2006. The left-hand panel of Whaam! shows a fighter plane
shooting a missile. The right-hand panel depicts the missile hitting its
target, a second plane, which explodes into flames. Lichtenstein based
the image on elements taken from several comic-book panels. He
transformed his primary prototype, a panel from a 1962 war comic book,
by dividing the composition into two panels and altering the
relationship of the graphical and narrative elements. Whaam! is regarded
for the temporal, spatial and psychological integration of its two
panels, which Lichtenstein conceived as a contrasting pair.
Lichtenstein, who served in the United States Army during World War II,
depicted aerial combat in several works.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whaam!>
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