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Tom Wesselmann (1931 – 2004)
‚Monica with Chinese Robe‘
size 12,1 x 43,2 cm
signed on the backside, numbered and dated
‘Monica Sitting, One Leg on the Other’
Steel cut – Drawing Edition
approx. 24 x 34 cm
signed and numbered on the backside
‚Drawing for Stillife with Lichtenstein‘
Black ink on painting board
size 58,5x 73,6 cm
signed and dated at the lower right
’Cynthia in the Bedroom’
Seriegraph on handmade paper
Edition 100 + 25 AP
in this case 13/25
size 69 x 77 cm
’Nude’ ( from 11 Artists II)
Silk screen on handmade paper
size 61 x 75 cm
Tom Wesselmann (1931 – 2004)ARTIST INFO
Tom Wesselmann (*1931-2004)
The American painter, graphic artist and object artist Tom Wesselmann is one of the most important American Pop Art artists of the 1960s.
Tom Wesselmann’s works of art have significantly influenced the style of „Pop Art“ in the art of the last century
The artist is named in art history as one of the legendary founding fathers of this style. The Pop Art artist has had a formative influence on his generation and on contemporary art, just like his artist colleagues Andy Warhol (1928-1987), Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008) and Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997). exercised overall.
Tom Wesselmann has often described himself as the heir of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867) or Henri Matisse in his conception of art, Tom Wesselmann’s influence on subsequent generations of artists such as Eric Fischl (US American painter, *1948) or Richard Phillips (American painter, *1962). He himself repeatedly quoted the classic nude paintings or the still lifes and landscapes by Édouard Manet (1832-1882), Henri Matisse (1869-1*54) and Pablo Picasso (1881-1973).
From studying psychology to Tom Wesselmann’s military service during the Korean War (1952-1954), during which the first comic drawings were created and the subsequent art studies at the Art Academy (Cincinnati) in New York at the „Cooper Union School of Art and Architecture“ to to the first solo exhibition in New York in 1961, the step to the international art scene is not far away.
As early as 1968 Tom Wesselmann took part in documenta 4 in Kassel and almost 10 years later in 1977 he was at documenta 6.
In his works, Tom Wesselmann also devotes himself to the aesthetics of still life. With his floral still lifes, the artist made an important contribution to the further development of pop art culture as a whole. Again and again it is the female nude that Wesselmann places at the center of his artistic work – whereby sexual provocation is included.
Since 1983 the artist has also been using metal as a slide.
Tom Wesselmann as an artist of the style „Pop Art“
Internationally, Tom Wesselmann’s “Great American Nudes” and his still lifes from the early 1960s, which are always surprising in terms of the freshness of their coloring, are in demand with collectors. The artist has constantly evolved in his work, with new techniques and the „vital aesthetics“ of his art being of interest to collections worldwide. His works can be classified into „Abstract Expressionism“, Pop Art and „American Pop Art“. Tom Wesselmann is one of the „American Modernists“.
Tom Wesselmann passed away in New York City in 2004.
Tom Wesselmann worked in series, with different materials and in different formats
In his partly sculptural collages there are art quotes, objects from everyday life and still lifes. His clear eroticism, which the artist first showed in a group exhibition in 1962, immediately made Wesselmann internationally known. His wife Claire Selley became his muse and nude model – for example in the series „Bedroom Paintings“ and „Smokers“. From the 1980s, Monica Serra became his assistant and model.
The very first “Metal Works” can be found from the 80s. Here, the artist implemented the graphic study in laser-cut metal sculptures, which then received his typical signature in strong Pop Art colors.
A selection of international exhibitions by the artist Tom Wesselmann
Kunsthalle Tubingen in Tubingen
Old Museum/New National Gallery in Berlin
Villa Stuck in Munich
Palau de la Virreina in Barcelona
Culturegest in Lisbon
Musée d’Art Moderne in Nice
Kunsthal Rotterdam in Rotterdam
Historical Museum of the Palatinate in Speyer
Fondation Cartier in Paris
Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels
Fundacion Juan March in Madrid
In the Jeanne art gallery in downtown Munich you will find the following limited, signed and numbered works by Tom Wesselmann:
Tom Wesselmann, ‚Monica with Chinese Robe‘, Steelcut, 1985-99
Tom Wesselmann, ‚Monica Sitting, One Leg on the Other‘, Steel cut – Drawing Edition, 1986-1994
Tom Wesselmann, ‚Drawing for Still life with Lichtenstein‘, black ink on cardboard, from 1990
Tom Wesselmann, ‚Cynthia in the Bedroom‘, serial print on handmade paper, from 1981
Tom Wesselmann, ‚Nude‘ ( from 11 Artists II), serial print on laid paper, 1965/66
Tom Wesselmann, ‚Monica with Cézanne‘, lithograph on cardboard, from 1992
Talk to Jacqueline Hoffman about other works and motifs by Tom Wesselmann! +49 (0)179 5233905
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