Tom Wesselmann - Evening & Day Editions London Wednesday, June 6, 2018 | 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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From Nude Painting Print

Laser-cut steel multiple, painted with alkyd oil in colours.
27 x 23.4 cm (10 5/8 x 9 1/4 in.)
Signed and numbered 5/25 with an electric engraving tool and further signed, titled and dated in black ink all on the reverse (there were also 6 artist's proofs), co-published by the artist and Sidney Janis Gallery, New York.

£15,000 - 20,000 

Sold for £21,250

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Evening & Day Editions

London Auction 7 June 2018