Tom Wesselmann - Editions New York Tuesday, June 8, 2010 | Phillips

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  • 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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Aquatint in colors, on wove paper, with full margins,
I. 27 7/8 x 30 3/8 in. (70.8 x 77.2 cm);
S. 35 1/4 x 37 1/4 in. (89.5 x 94.6 cm)

signed, dated `80' and numbered 34/100 in pencil (there were also 25 artist's proofs), published by Abbeville Press, New York (with their blindstamp), the palest staining at lower left corner, minor offsetting on the reverse, taped to the overmat in places along the reverse of the sheet edges, otherwise in very good condition, framed.

$6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for $7,500


8 June 2010
New York