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Lichtenstein painted ‘Blam’ in 1962 using the Benday dot technique, a printing process that consisted of numerous colored dots, which either stood alone or overlapped each other to create a picture. This technique was very popular in producing the comic strips of the 1950’s and 1960’s.

‘Blam’ is a monumental painting depicting an airplane that has been shot down in the midst of war. The plane has been flipped over from the impact of the missile. The words of the same name as the painting are in bold red color amidst the yellow, red and black of the fire. The word Blam, together with the blatant display of explosion, emphasizes the sound and force of the attack. The shadow of the pilot emerging through the escape hatch at the bottom right hand corner of the canvas leaves the viewer in suspense regarding the pilot’s survival.
The painting’s creation is based on the early war comics produced in 1962, more specifically on the “All American Men of War” Issue number 89, by Russ Heath in January –February of that same year. Of comical interest is that, early in his career, Roy Lichtenstein was dared by his children to paint a picture that was as amusing as their comic books. The result of this dare actually changed Lichtenstein's life as he continued to produce comic-style paintings with great success.

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Lichtenstein painted ‘Blam’ in 1962 using the Benday dot technique, a printing process that consisted of numerous colored dots, which either stood alone or overlapped each other to create a picture. This technique was very popular in producing the comic strips of the 1950’s and 1960’s.‘Blam’ is a monumental painting depicting an airplane that has been shot down in the midst of war. The plane has been flipped over from the impact of the missile. The words of the same name as the painting are in bold red color amidst the yellow, red and black of the fire. The word Blam, together with the blatant display of explosion, emphasizes the sound and force of the attack. The shadow of the pilot emerging through the escape hatch at the bottom right hand corner of the canvas leaves the viewer in suspense regarding the pilot’s survival. The painting’s creation is based on the early war comics produced in 1962, more specifically on the “All American Men of War” Issue number 89, by Russ Heath in January –February of that same year. Of comical interest is that, early in his career, Roy Lichtenstein was dared by his children to paint a picture that was as amusing as their comic books. The result of this dare actually changed Lichtenstein's life as he continued to produce comic-style paintings with great success.

Roy Lichtenstein was an American pop artist best known for his boldly-colored parodies of comic strips and advertisements. In the 1960s, Lichtenstein became a leading figure of the new Pop Art movement. Inspired by advertisements and comic strips, Lichtenstein's bright, graphic works parodied American popular culture and the art world itself.

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