Tom Wesselmann - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Friday, March 8, 2024 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Collection of Michael de Laszlo, New York
    Christie's, New York, 16 November 2000, lot 166
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • 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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Study for Bedroom Painting with Tit & Lemon

signed and dated 'Wesselmann 68' upper left; signed with the artist's initial and dated 'W ca 68' upper right; titled, numbered and dated 'D6815 Study for Bedroom Ptg with Tit + Lemon' on the reverse
ink on Bristol board
image 13.1 x 17 cm (5 1/8 x 6 3/4 in.)
sheet 18.6 x 19.6 cm (7 3/8 x 7 3/4 in.)

Executed in 1968.

£50,000 - 70,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 8 March 2024