Tom Wesselmann - Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, February 14, 2013 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Munich

  • 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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Bedroom Face with Orange Wallpaper

19-colour screenprint on Archivart 100% rag board
118.5 x 133.5 cm (46 5/8 x 52 1/2 in)
Signed, dated and numbered ‘Wesselmann 87 PP 1/3’ lower right. This work is a printer’s proof number one from the overall edition of 100 plus 12 artist’s proofs and three printer’s proofs, printed by Screened Images, and published by International Images.

£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £12,500

Contemporary Art Day Sale

15 February 2013