Lot 29: Tom Wesselmann, "Bedroom Brunette Doodle (Heavy Line)," 1984
27 October 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Liquitex on Bristol board
Tom Wesselmann (1931–2004) — American painter, graphic artist, and sculptor
Signed by the artist and dated “Wesselmann 84” in pencil on lower right, recto, with labels on upper left of backing board and of frame, verso; inscribed “7016A” in pencil on upper left, verso, and “S D8431” in pencil on lower left, verso
Provenance: The Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, with label on upper left of frame, verso
Dennis Florio & Associates, New York
Hokin Gallery, Palm Beach, Florida
Dimensions: 10 x 11.625 in
Frame dimensions: 17.5 x 18.75 x 1.5 in
Very good condition
Pioneering American Pop artist Tom Wesselmann is best known for his playful nudes, of which “Bedroom Brunette Doodle (Heavy Line)” is a lively example. Crafted in 1984, “Bedroom Brunette Doodle (Heavy Line)” was produced around the same time that Wesselmann began to experiment with his distinctive metal cut-outs; appropriately, he would later reproduce the work on a much larger scale in enamel on aluminum. Sold by the Sidney Janis Gallery in 1984, this work still sports their label on the upper left of the verso of the frame.
Tom Wesselmann (American, b.1931 - d.2004)
Tom Wesselmann was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and studied initially psychology at the University of Cincinnati. He then applied for further artistic training under Nicolas Marsciano at the Cooper Union School for Arts and Architecture in New York (1956–1959). Like many Pop art artists, Wesselmann was always inspired by images of the mass media; the depiction of the nude, his ‘Great American Nude’, was always the central subject of his entire oeuvre. In 1983, Wesselmann founded a new technique which enabled him to reproduce his drawings in steel at a larger scale. These so-called ‘cut outs’ were primarily based on the traditional genres ‘nude’, ‘still life’ and ‘landscape’ and constitute Wesselmann’s most productive phase of his career. Since 1961, when his first solo exhibition was held at the Tanager Gallery in New York, Tom Wesselmann's works have been exhibited worldwide, including the Documenta 4 in Kassel and the Biennale in Venice. His works can also be found in major art collections such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Gallery in London and the Museum Ludwig in Cologne.
In overall very good condition, toning to edges of paper, with some spots of foxing.
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