Tom Wesselmann - Paper Jam: Online Auction New York Tuesday, February 11, 2020 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Gifted by the artist to Lane Wesselmann
    Private Collection, Cincinnati

  • 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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Property from an Important Midwest Collection


Beautiful Kate #13 (Variable Edition)

signed, partially titled and dated "#13. Wesselmann 81" lower left; further titled, inscribed and dated "BEAUTIFUL KATE #13 (VARIABLE EDITION) 1981 GIFT LANE WESSELMANN 1986" on the reverse
graphite and thinned Liquitex on ragboard
3 3/4 x 8 7/8 in. (9.5 x 22.5 cm.)
Executed in 1981.

$20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for $27,500

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Paper Jam: Online Auction

Online Auction 11 - 20 February 2020