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

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  • Provenance

    Maxwell Davidson Gallery, New York
    Private Collection
    Cornette de Saint Cyr, Brussels, 13 April 2010, lot 45
    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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Drawing for bedroom painting

signed and dated 'Wesselmann 69' lower right; titled and numbered 'D6956 DRAWING FOR BEDROOM PAINTING D6956' on the reverse
graphite on paper
image 14.3 x 20.1 cm (5 5/8 x 7 7/8 in.)
sheet 19.8 x 25.5 cm (7 3/4 x 10 in.)

Executed in 1969.

£30,000 - 50,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 8 March 2024