Tom Wesselmann - Contemporary Day Sale London Sunday, June 28, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Collection of Claire Wesselmann (gift of the artist in 1983); Sotheby's New York, 1 November, 1984, lot 222; Acquired by the previous owner from the above sale; Sotheby's New York, 16 May, 2007, lot 336; Acquired by the present owner from the above

  • Exhibited

    Roslyn, New York, Nassau County Museum of Art, Long Island Collects the Figure and Landscape 1870s-1980s, September - December 1990

  • 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 Nude Lithograph

Thinned liquitex on rag board.
26 x 37.5 cm. (10 1/4 x 14 3/4 in).
Signed 'Wesselmann 76' lower left. Dedicated on the reverse.

£30,000 - 50,000 

Sold for £39,650

Contemporary Day Sale

29 June 2009, 4pm