Tom Wesselmann Wanted for Purchase or Consignment

(1931 - 2004)

Tom Wesselmann was born on February 23, 1931, in Cleveland, Ohio, and attended university before serving in the Korean War during the early 1950s. While overseas he began to craft cartoons, and upon his return to the States he earned a psychology degree from the University of Cincinnati. He then enrolled at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and later the Cooper Union in New York City, finishing his studies by the late 1950s. He eventually moved to New York City to become one of the founding figures of the Pop Art movement, making waves with his “Great American Nude” series. He later became well known for his huge canvas paintings of household objects as well as his printmaking and abstract work. “New York lit him on fire,” said Wesselmann’s second wife, Claire—a fellow Cooper Union student and model for her husband—about the city’s creative scene at that time. Having presumed he would continue cartoon work, Wesselmann was inspired by innovative exhibitions to go in a new direction and worked as a collagist, having initial showings at the Tanager and Green galleries by the early ‘60s.
He began to create art that incorporated commonplace real-world items with historical portraiture, often focusing on a reclining female nude. Hence he became known for his “Great American Nude” series, linked to more classical works. Due to his particular aesthetic, he was seen, along with figures like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, as one of the purveyors of Pop Art, though Wesselmann stated that he didn’t care for the term. Later in the decade his pieces were exhibited in Europe and Brazil. Having become an established international artist who was also known for his printmaking, Wesselmann later played with ideas around sculpture and metalwork. In the new millennium he returned to the nude figure, this time in a more abstract sense though continuing his use of an electric palette.
Wesselmann died on December 17, 2004, in New York, after heart surgery, and was survived by his wife Claire and three children. Wesselmann had published his autobiography in 1980, using the alias Slim Stealingworth. Published retrospectives include Tom Wesselmann: His Voice and Vision from Rizzoli International and Wesselmann from Prestel Publishing.

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Wedding Party
Maud Lewis
Oil on board (12x13.75 in) circa 1960
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Farm Buildings by a Stream
Lawren Harris
oil (10.5x10 in) 1912
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Wild Cherry
Walter Joseph Phillips
Woodblock (5.5x8.75 in) 1927
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Pacific Ocean
Arthur Lismer
oil (14x18 in) 1963
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Grazing
Maud Lewis
oil on board (11.5x13.75 in) circa 1963
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Fall Near the Rockies
Roland Gissing
oil (24x30 in) 1935
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Ouvri
Christian Marcel Barbeau
oil on canvas (30x40 in) 1957
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Old Style Gasoline Pump
William Kurelek
Pen and Ink (14.5x11.5 in)
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St. Andrews on the Red
Walter Joseph Phillips
wood block prints (7x7 inch) 1923
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Ancient Beauty Ever Old and Ever New
William Kurelek
mixed media (24x24 in) 1975
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