Tom Wesselmann - Editions & Works on Paper New York Wednesday, February 15, 2023 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Helga and Walther Lauffs, Bad Honnef, Germany
    Sotheby's, New York, Prints, October 31, 2008, lot 479
    Private Collection, acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Literature

    Wildenstein Plattner Institute P652

  • 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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Nude, from 11 Pop Artists, Volume II (W.P.I. P652)

Screenprint in colors, on wove paper, the full sheet.
S. 24 x 29 1/2 in. (61 x 75.6 cm)
Signed and numbered 55/200 in pencil (there were also 50 artist's proofs in Roman numerals), with the 'Sammlung Lauffs' inkstamp and annotated 'L 51/1968' in pencil on the reverse, published by Original Editions, New York, unframed.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $11,340

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Editions & Works on Paper

New York Auction 15 February 2023