Tom Wesselmann - Evening & Day Editions London Wednesday, June 10, 2015 | Phillips

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  • Catalogue Essay

    Including Blue Nude; Blue Nude #2; Blue Nude #3; Blue Nude #4; Blue Nude #5; and Blue Nude (Pink)

  • 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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Blue Nudes

2000 and 2001
The complete series of six screenprints in colours (one in pinks), all on 100% Cotton Rag 2-ply Museum Board, with full margins,
all I. various sizes
largest S. 62.9 x 55.2 cm (24 3/4 x 21 3/4 in.)

all signed and annotated 'PP 2/3' and 'PP 4/6' in pencil respectively (printer's proofs, the edition was 20 and 4 artist's proofs, and 60 and 8 artist's proofs respectively), published by Cooper Square Prints, Inc., New York, all unframed.

£15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for £20,000

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Robert Kennan
Head of Sale, Editions
+44 207 318 4075

Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 11 June 2015 2pm & 6pm