Tom Wesselmann - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Tuesday, May 14, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Sidney Janis Gallery, New York
    Galerie des 4 Mouvements, Paris
    Christian Fayt Art Gallery, Knokke-Le-Zoute
    Sotheby's, London, February 10, 2006, lot 245
    Private Collection
    Christie's, New York, November 13, 2014, lot 354
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Paris, Galerie des 4 Mouvements, Tom Wesselmann: Peintures, March 7 - 31, 1974

  • 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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Double Study for Bedroom Painting #22

signed and dated "Tom Wesselmann 69" on the upper edge; further signed, titled, and dated "DOUBLE STUDY FOR BEDROOM PAINTING #22 1969 Wesselmann 69" on the overlap
acrylic on canvas
11 x 16 in. (27.9 x 40.6 cm.)
Painted in 1969.

$70,000 - 100,000 

Sold for $87,500

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 15 May | On View at 432 and 450 Park Avenue