Roy LichtensteinWhaam! 1963

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Artist
Roy Lichtenstein (1923‑1997)
Title
Whaam!
Date 1963
MediumAcrylic paint and oil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1727 x 4064 mm frame: 1747 x 4084 x 60 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1966
Reference
T00897
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'Whaam!' is based on an image from 'All American Men of War' published by DC comics in 1962. Throughout the 1960s, Lichtenstein frequently drew on commercial art sources such as comic images or advertisements, attracted by the way highly emotional subject matter could be depicted using detached techniques. Transferring this to a painting context, Lichtenstein could present powerfully charged scenes in an impersonal manner, leaving the viewer to decipher meanings for themselves. Although he was careful to retain the character of his source, Lichtenstein also explored the formal qualities of commercial imagery and techniques… (read more)

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