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First panel of two


Second panel of two


Hand Signed in Pencil on second panel lower right rf Lichtenstein








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Artist: Roy Lichtenstein, American (1923-1997)

Plate: whaam

Title: Whaam! (hand signed)

Description: Condition A
Color offset lithograph diptych (2)
From edition of 3000 printed March 1984
Printed by Lautrec Photolitho, Leeds.
Published by The Tate Gallery, London.

Hand Signed in Pencil on second panel
lower right rf Lichtenstein (see picture left)

Reference: The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein:
Catalogue Raisonné 1948-1993, Corlett.
Appendix 7.

Shipped rolled via FedEx. Framing labels.
Certificate of Authenticity. See Terms of Sale

Sheet Sizes: 24 3/4 in x 29 in
(each panel)
  63 cm x 73.6 cm

Price: $7500.00 USD



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Whaam! has been described as one of the most powerful monuments of 1960s Pop Art, and remains one of the world's most popular works of modern Art. 


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If the original painting, which is now at the Tate Gallery in London, was offered for sale, many experts put it's value at 100 Million USD.

"Whaam! is a 1963 diptych painting by the American artist Roy Lichtenstein. It is one of the best-known works of pop art, and among Lichtenstein's most important paintings. It 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.


Roy Lichtenstein with Whaam! Tate Gallery
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The left-hand panel shows a fighter plane firing a rocket that, in the right-hand panel, hits a second plane which explodes in flames. Lichtenstein conceived the image from several comic-book panels. He transformed his primary source, a panel from a 1962 war comic book, by presenting it as a diptych while altering the relationship of the graphical and narrative elements. 

Whaam! is regarded for the temporal, spatial and psychological integration of its two panels. The painting's title is integral to the action and impact of the painting, and displayed in large onomatopoeia (imitation of sounds) in the right panel.


© Copyright DC comics

The work’s composition is taken from a panel drawn by Irv Novick which appeared in issue number 89 of All-American Men of War, published by DC Comics in February 1962." (tate.org.uk)


© Copyright 2011 Ken Heyman. 

"POP ART was defined, refined, and ultimately blown wide open by American artist Roy Lichtenstein. With his unique combination of technical invention, deadpan humor, and cultural daring, Roy Lichtenstein moved the line between commercial and fine art and changed the way we look at our world. It is impossible to imagine contemporary art without his signature dots." (National Gallery of Art, www.nga.org)

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