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  • Provenance

    Sidney Janis Gallery, New York
    Tom Wesselmann Estate, New York
    JMG Galerie, Paris
    Private Collection, France

  • 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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THIS LOT IS SOLD WITH NO RESERVE

225

Lot offered with No Reserve

Sketch for 7UP and Radio

1964
ballpoint pen on paper
19 x 26.5 cm (7 1/2 x 10 3/8 in.)
Signed and dated 'Wesselmann 64' lower right. Inscribed 'Jeu' lower centre.

Estimate
£6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for £8,125

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Henry Highley
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Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 13 February 2015 2pm