Tom Wesselmann - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Wednesday, November 16, 2022 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Bob Adelman (gifted by the artist)
    Thence by descent to the present owner

  • 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 Self Portrait While Drawing

signed and dated “Wesselmann 88” lower center
colored pencil and pencil on tracing paper
11 x 11 1/2 in. (27.9 x 29.2 cm)
Executed in 1988, 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
$15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for $25,200

Contact Specialist

Annie Dolan
Specialist, Head of Day Sale, Morning Session
+1 212 940 1288
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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 16 November 2022