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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, California

  • 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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18

Lulu

1982
Lithograph in colors, on Somerset paper, with full margins.
I. 16 5/8 x 25 in. (42.2 x 63.5 cm)
S. 22 x 30 in. (55.9 x 76.2 cm)

Signed, dated and numbered 167/250 in pencil (there were also 25 artist's proofs), co-published by the Metropolitan Opera Association and Circle Fine Art, New York (with their ink and blindstamps), with occasional soft handling creases in the margins (mainly visible in raking light), a spot of minor surface soiling in the lower left margin, a small soft crease at the lower right sheet corner, occasional minute bumps at the extreme sheet edges, otherwise in very good condition, unframed.

Estimate
$4,000 - 6,000 

Sold for $7,500

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Editions Contemporary: Online Auction

Online Auction 17 - 24 June 2020