Tom Wesselmann - Evening & Day Editions London Wednesday, January 20, 2016 | Phillips
  • 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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Monica Lying on Her Back, Knees Up

Lithograph and linocut in colours, on Arches paper, the full sheet,
S. 100 x 140.4 cm (39 3/8 x 55 1/4 in.)
signed and numbered 55/100 in pencil (there were also 6 artist's proofs), published by Aimee DeLittle for Memoire de la Liberté, Paris, unframed.

£1,500 - 2,000 

Sold for £3,000

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 21 January 2016 2pm & 6pm