Tom Wesselmann - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Thursday, June 24, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection
    Los Angeles Modern Auctions, May 22, 2016, lot 34
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owners

  • 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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Stockinged Nude

signed, dated and partially titled "#2 Wesselmann 80" lower left; titled "#2 BLUE STOCKING BRUNETTE" on the reverse
thinned liquitex and graphite on 100% rag paper
8 x 18 3/4 in. (20.3 x 47.6 cm)
Executed in 1980, this work is unique.

$40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for $126,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 24 June 2021