Tom Wesselmann - ALT POP New York Thursday, October 19, 2023 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    The Mayor Gallery, London
    Estate of Florence Wesley, New York
    Sotheby's, New York, October 7, 1987, lot 64
    Galerie Le Clos de Sierne, Geneva
    Sotheby's, New York, May 15, 2007, lot 59
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Artist Biography

    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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Bathtub Collage #5

signed and dated "Wesselmann 64" upper right; signed, titled and dated "WESSELMANN 6/64 - Changed 8/64 BATHTUB COLLAGE #5" on the reverse
acrylic and mixed media collage on panel
30 x 31 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. (76.2 x 80.6 x 7 cm)
Executed in 1964.

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