Roy Lichtenstein

Drawing for ‘Whaam!’


Not on display

Roy Lichtenstein 1923–1997
Graphite on paper
Support: 149 × 305 mm
framed: 198 × 352 × 19 mm
Presented by the artist 1969

Catalogue entry

Roy Lichtenstein born 1923 [- 1997]

T01131 Drawing for 'Whaam!' 1963

Inscribed 'rf Lichtenstein' b.r.
Pencil on two equal-sized sheets of paper, overall dimensions 5 5/16 x 12 (15 x 30.5)
Presented by the artist 1969
Repr: Diane Waldman, Roy Lichtenstein: Drawings and Prints (London 1971), p.138, No.63-12

A drawing for T00897.

The artist wrote that this was his first visualisation of 'Whaam!' and that it was executed just before he started the painting. His original idea had been for a single canvas, but the diptych concept (embodied in T00897) developed as he worked on this drawing. As with other paintings, he made certain changes to the design as work on the painting progressed. The principal of these are the enlargement of the aeroplane on the left and the burst of flames on the right, to fill more of their respective canvases and bring them closer together. The caption in the left-hand panel of the painting is omitted in the drawing, and certain of the colour-indications in the drawing are not followed in the painting (in particular the letters 'WHAAM!', indicated as white, were painted in yellow).

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.436, reproduced p.436

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