Study for Still Life with Matisse & Johns

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  • Provenance

    The Estate of Tom Wesselmann
    Private Collection, California
    Phillips, New York, November 14, 2014, lot 182
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Artist Bio

    Tom Wesselmann

    American • 1931 - 2004

    As a former cartoonist and leading figure of the Pop Art movement, Tom Wesselmann spent many years of his life repurposing popular imagery to produce small to large-scale works that burst with color. Active at a time when artists were moving away from the realism of figurative painting and growing increasingly interested in abstraction, Wesselmann opted for an antithetical approach: He took elements of city life that were both sensual and practical and represented them in a way that mirrored Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol's own methodologies.

    Wesselmann considered pop culture objects as exclusively visual elements and incorporated them in his works as pure containers of bold color. This color palette became the foundation for his now-iconic suggestive figurative canvases, often depicting reclining nudes or women's lips balancing a cigarette.

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Study for Still Life with Matisse & Johns

signed and dated "Wesselmann 92" lower right; further signed "Tom Wesselmann" on the reverse
Liquitex on Bristol board
16 x 19 3/8 in. (40.6 x 49.2 cm.)
Executed in 1992.

Estimate
$60,000 - 80,000 

Contact Specialist
John McCord
Head of Day Sale, Morning Session
New York
+1 212 940 1261
jmccord@phillips.com

20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale Morning Session

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