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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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Nude, from 11 Pop Artists, Volume II

1965
Screenprint in colors, on wove paper, the full sheet.
S. 23 7/8 x 29 3/4 in. (60.6 x 75.6 cm)
Signed and numbered 40/200 in pencil (there were also 50 artist's proofs in Roman numerals), published by Original Editions, New York, with occasional soft mottled rubbing (mainly visible in raking light), a vertical soft scuff at the upper right blue (mainly visible in raking light), minor surface soiling at the upper left sheet corner, otherwise in generally very good condition, framed.

Estimate
$6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for $7,500

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Editions Contemporary: Online Auction

Online Auction 17 - 24 June 2020