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  • Provenance

    Estate of the Artist
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Long Beach, University of California, University Art Museum, Tom Wesselmann: The Intimate Images, August 26–October 12, 2003, no. 8, p. 56 (illustrated, n.p.)

  • 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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Study for Bedroom Painting #1

signed and dated "Wesselmann 67" lower right
Liquitex and graphite on paper
9 1/2 x 12 1/8 in. (24.1 x 30.8 cm)
Executed in 1967, this work will be included in the Tom Wesselmann Digital Corpus and the forthcoming Tom Wesselmann Digital Catalogue Raisonné, both published by the Wildenstein Plattner Institute.

Estimate
$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for $75,600

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale - Morning Session

New York Auction 18 November 2021