Tom Wesselmann - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Morning Session New York Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection (acquired directly from the artist 2004)
    Christie's, London, June 21, 2007, lot 428
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    "I’m still in favor of beauty; good, old-fashioned, no holds barred beauty"
    Tom Wesselmann, 1988

  • 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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From Brown Eyes Under Glass

signed and dated "Wesselmann 85" lower right
Liquitex on Bristol board
55 x 58 3/4 in. (139.7 x 149.2 cm.)
Executed in 1985.

$300,000 - 400,000 

Sold for $250,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Morning Session

New York Auction 15 November 2017