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  • Provenance

    Artist's studio
    Private Collection, New York
    Galerie Boulakia, Paris
    Acquired from the above 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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Final study for Kate nude

1977
oil on canvas
37.5 x 47.3 cm (14 3/4 x 18 5/8 in.)
Signed, titled and dated twice 'Wesselmann "Final study for Kate nude" 1977' on the reverse. This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity produced by the artist in 2003.

Estimate
£100,000 - 150,000 

Contact Specialist
Henry Highley
Head of Sale
+ 44 20 7318 4061

20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 28 June 2016