Tom Wesselmann

Big Study For Tulipe & Smoking Cigarette (Close-Up), 1981

Liquitex and graphite on rag board, Unique
Drawing for Sarah Nude, 1963

Crayon sur papier
H 9 x 12 in, Unique

b. Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, 23 February 1931 - d. New York, NY, USA, 17 December 2004.

Wesselmann became one of the leading American Pop artists of the 1960s, rejecting abstract expressionism in favor of the classical representations of the nude, still life, and landscape. He created collages and assemblages incorporating everyday objects and advertising ephemera in an effort to make images as powerful as the abstract expressionism he admired. He is perhaps best known for his Great American Nude series with their flat forms and intense colors. 

His first solo exhibition was organized at the Tanager Gallery in New York in 1962. His work is represented in many famous public collections such as the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, the Whitney Museum of American art in New York or at the MoMA in New York.


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