Tom Wesselmann - Wired: Online Auction London Wednesday, October 27, 2021 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Kunsthandel Meijer, Utrecht
    Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2006

  • 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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Smoking Cigarette

signed and dated 'Wesselmann 98' lower centre; titled and numbered 'SMOKING CIGARETTE D98125' on the reverse
liquitex on paper collage on Bristol board
13.4 x 12.5 cm (5 1/4 x 4 7/8 in.)
Executed in 1998.

Estimate
£3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for £11,340

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Wired: Online Auction

Online Auction 27 October - 3 November 2021