Roy Lichtenstein


Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) was one of the most successful and influential artists of the 20th century, helping pioneer and define Pop Art in the 1960s.

Lichtenstein's signature style mined both images and technique from comic books and advertisements, elevating them beyond their humble or banal sources. Using hand-painted, single-color Ben-Day dots, Lichtenstein emphasized the artificiality of his images by mimicking the look of commercial press production - to the point that his own brushstrokes nearly disappeared. 

Pop Art raised important questions about appropriation, parody, consumer culture and the debate around what can be considered art. These themes are prominently featured throughout Lichtenstein's oeuvre. 

Printed in 1986, "WHAAM!" is based on the artist's original and beloved two-panel masterpiece from 1963. It has been in the permanent collection of the Tate (London) since the sixties.

This legendary diptych captures a tumultuous aerial combat scene. On the left, a fighter pilot maneuvers through the sky while relaying his strategy in a typical comic text bubble. Meanwhile, on the right, an enemy fighter jet erupts into flames upon impact from the missile, resulting in a dramatic fiery explosion.

Completed in his signature aesthetic, this important piece explores the intersection and influence of war, pop culture, and media in the 1960s. 

Questions about this piece? Contact us or call +1.416.704.1720. Visit our Toronto gallery on Thursdays or by appointment.


USA, 1986

Offset lithograph

Signed by the artist, bottom right

From an edition of 3000

25"H 29.5"W (each sheet)

Very good condition

Framed with museum glass

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