Tom Wesselmann

(1931 - 2004)
Lot 102
Tom Wesselmann
Steel Drawing Edition: Monica Sitting Cross-Legged
Estimate: $15,000 - $20,000
November 18, 2018
Lot 103
Tom Wesselmann
Steel Drawing Edition: First Rosemary Drawing
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
November 18, 2018
Lot 104
Tom Wesselmann
Big Blonde with Choker
Estimate: $12,000 - $15,000
November 18, 2018
Lot 105
Tom Wesselmann
Seascape
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
November 18, 2018
Lot 106
Tom Wesselmann
Blonde Vivienne (4)
Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
November 18, 2018
Lot 6
Tom Wesselmann
Steel Drawing: Rosemary Lying on One Elbow
Estimate: $12,000 - $18,000
Price Realized: $16,250
September 30, 2018
Lot 7
Tom Wesselmann
Claire Sitting with Robe Half Off (Vivienne)
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Price Realized: $8,125
September 30, 2018
Lot 8
Tom Wesselmann
Cynthia Nude
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $6,250
September 30, 2018
Lot 9
Tom Wesselmann
Still Life
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000
Price Realized: $1,500
September 30, 2018
Lot 10
Tom Wesselmann
Frozen Tears...
Estimate: $800 - $1,200
Price Realized: $1,000
September 30, 2018
Lot 210
Tom Wesselmann
New Bedroom Blonde Doodle
Estimate: $7,000 - $10,000
Price Realized: $7,500
February 25, 2018
Lot 211
Tom Wesselmann
Seascape Dropout
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $8,750
February 25, 2018
Lot 272
Tom Wesselmann
Nude (from 11 Pop Artists Vol. II)
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $6,250
March 5, 2017
Lot 34
Tom Wesselmann
Stockinged Nude, Edition #2
Estimate: $35,000 - $45,000
Price Realized: $71,875
May 22, 2016
Lot 4
Tom Wesselmann
Standing Nude Edition
Estimate: $18,000 - $25,000
Price Realized: $22,500
February 21, 2016
Lot 5
Tom Wesselmann
Big Blonde with Choker
Estimate: $12,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $13,750
February 21, 2016
Lot 219
Tom Wesselmann
Tiny Dropped Bra #10
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $12,500
March 1, 2015
Lot 220
Tom Wesselmann
House and Barn in Distance
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $5,625
March 1, 2015
Lot 317
Tom Wesselmann
Open Ended Nude #63
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Price Realized: $28,750
October 12, 2014
Lot 319
Tom Wesselmann
Still Life with Apple, Orange, and Radio
Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000
Price Realized: $3,125
October 12, 2014
Lot 161
Tom Wesselmann
Amy Reclining
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Price Realized: $30,000
May 18, 2014
Lot 162
Tom Wesselmann
Study for Smoker #26
Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000
Price Realized: $65,625
May 18, 2014
Lot 15
Tom Wesselmann
Bedroom Face
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $7,500
May 19, 2013
Lot 363
Tom Wesselmann
Bedroom Face #41
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000
Price Realized: $8,750
December 16, 2012
Lot 182
Tom Wesselmann
Monica with Tulips
Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized: $7,500
October 7, 2012
Lot 183
Tom Wesselmann
Nude
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $6,875
October 7, 2012
Lot 184
Tom Wesselmann
Still Life with Lichtenstein and Two Oranges (from Portfolio 90)
Estimate: $4,000 - $6,000
Price Realized: $16,250
October 7, 2012
Lot 368
Tom Wesselmann
Bedroom Dropout
Estimate: $4,000 - $5,000
Price Realized: $6,875
May 6, 2012
Lot 280
Tom Wesselmann
Kunstlerplatzteller plates (6)
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
Price Realized: $4,375
March 6, 2011

About The Artist

 

Alongside contemporaries such as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, Tom Wesselmann was a leading American Pop artist. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio and educated at Cooper Union in New York City, Wesselmann counted Willem de Kooning, Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, and Henri Matisse among his greatest inspirations. Wesselmann playfully adapted the history of art as well as images from advertising and everyday life in his paintings, laser-cut steel drawings, and multi-paneled shaped canvases.

In his most famous series, Great American Nude, Wesselmann takes the classical nudes of Titian and the modern odalisques of Henri Matisse and Édouard Manet and lends the female form his own treatment. Many of the works are based on his wife, Claire Selley, and his sexual rediscovery after their marriage in 1967. The works are flat, vibrant, and unabashedly erotic. His work of the 1970s became increasingly larger, as seen in the well-known Smoker series. In these works, larger-than-life, free-floating, red-lacquered lips balance a burning, smoking cigarette. The influence of slick advertising spreads is apparent. For the Standing Still Life series, he takes the classical genre and adds his own twist, including Coca-Cola cans, Lucky Strikes, and other branded items. In Still Life #60 (1972), five large-scale, shaped canvases totaling 25 feet long are made to resemble small trinkets that might be found in the medicine cabinet or junk drawer, including a lipstick, sunglasses, a beaded necklace, a matchbook, and a ring. The giant lipstick draws allusions to Claes Oldenburg’s controversial Lipstick (Ascending) on Caterpillar Tracks of 1969-74, and the group as a whole brings attention to the imagery inherent in everyday life.

In his final years, the artist created his Sunset Nudes series, returning to the subject matter that first gained him acclaim. Wesselmann’s work is entertaining and humorous, but it is also buttressed by a dynamic and innovative approach.


“Biography.” TomWesselman.org. The Estate of Tom Wesselmann. Web. 6 Sept. 2014.
“Oral history interview with Tom Wesselmann,” 1984 Jan. 3-Feb. 8, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Web. 8 Sept 2014.

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