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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Untitled Abstract
William Ronald
oil on canvas (37x37 in) 1978
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Horse Hauling Logs
Maud Lewis
Oil on board (11.5x13.5 in) circa 1966
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Untitled (Lake of the Woods)
Walter Joseph Phillips
watercolour (9x11 in) 1920
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Cree Chief
Nicholas de Grandmaison
pastel (25x19.5 in) 1936
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Yellow House by the Harbour
Maud Lewis
Oil on Panel (12x18 in) circa 1958
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Fall Colours Georgian Bay
Arthur Lismer
oil (24x18 in) 1948
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Frozen Light
Adrian Dingle
oil (9x12 in) 1950
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Composition
Rita Letendre
Oil on Canvas (12x14 in) 1960
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The Abandoned Camp at Cross Fault Lake
Alexander Young Jackson
oil on canvas (21.5x26 in) 1939
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Birches
Lionel LeMoine Fitzgerald
oil on panel (14x10 in) 1914
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