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Tom Wesselmann

Private Listing , 1967

Works on paper
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Tom Wesselmann

Tom Wesselmann, born in 1931 in Cincinnati, Ohio, is celebrated as one of the leaders of the American Pop Art Movement. After serving in the Korean War for two years, Wesselmann earned a BA in psychology at the University of Cincinnati in 1952 and later studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Inspired by artists like Robert Motherwell and Willem de Kooning, Wesselmann opposed abstract expression and was instead interested in classical representations of nudes, still lifes, and landscapes. Wesselman’s first large-scale series, the  Great American Nudes, brought him international attention in the early 1960s. For this series, Wesselmann simplified the forms of the nude body and employed a rich color palette. The subjects allude to the nudes of artists like Ingres and Matisse while mimicking the mass-produced soft-core erotica and media culture as a way to quote American pop culture. In his Bedroom Paintings (1968–83), Wesselman juxtaposes a single part of the female body with objects familiar to the bedroom, such as a light switch or a pillow. In the late 1970s, Wesselmann increased the scales of his painting in his Standing Still Life series, where he began painting plain objects on shaped canvases and often created cut-out compositions in aluminum, enamel, and steel. Wesselman developed the innovative technique of using sculptural materials in his drawn forms, redefining the relationship between sculpture and painting. In the last two years of his career, Wesselmann returned to his iconic flattened nude, but they were more abstracted and lighthearted, nodding to the famed odalisques of Henri Matisse.


Today Wesselmann’s works can be viewed in various public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Wesselman lived in New York City until his death on December 17, 2004. 

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Tom Wesselmann, born in 1931 in Cincinnati, Ohio, is celebrated as one of the leaders of the American Pop Art Movement. After serving in the Korean War for two years, Wesselmann earned a BA in psychology at the University of Cincinnati in 1952 and later studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Inspired by artists like Robert Motherwell and Willem de Kooning, Wesselmann opposed abstract expression and was instead interested in classical representations of nudes, still lifes, and landscapes. Wesselman’s first large-scale series, the  Great American Nudes, brought him international attention in the early 1960s. For this series, Wesselmann simplified the forms of the nude body and employed a rich color palette. The subjects allude to the nudes of artists like Ingres and Matisse while mimicking the mass-produced soft-core erotica and media culture as a way to quote American pop culture. In his Bedroom Paintings (1968–83), Wesselman juxtaposes a single part of the female body with objects familiar to the bedroom, such as a light switch or a pillow. In the late 1970s, Wesselmann increased the scales of his painting in his Standing Still Life series, where he began painting plain objects on shaped canvases and often created cut-out compositions in aluminum, enamel, and steel. Wesselman developed the innovative technique of using sculptural materials in his drawn forms, redefining the relationship between sculpture and painting. In the last two years of his career, Wesselmann returned to his iconic flattened nude, but they were more abstracted and lighthearted, nodding to the famed odalisques of Henri Matisse.


Today Wesselmann’s works can be viewed in various public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Wesselman lived in New York City until his death on December 17, 2004. 

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