Tom Wesselmann - Modern and Contemporary Editions New York Sunday, November 23, 2008 | 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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Claire Nude

Lithograph and screenprint in colors, on Arches 88 paper, with full margins,
I. 25 x 24 1/8 in. (63.5 x 61.3 cm)
S. 31 x 30 in. (78.7 x 76.2 cm)

signed, dated and numbered 121/200 (there were 25 artist's proofs), published by Transworld Art, New York, pale light- and time staining, mat staining on the reverse, otherwise in good condition, framed.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $15,000

Modern and Contemporary Editions

23 Nov 2008, 2pm
New York