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Tom Wesselmann (American, 1931–2004)
LOT ID: 77394
Blue Nude #2, 2001

19 х 17 in. (48.26 x 43.18 cm.)
Signed, numbered and designated 'DP 4/8' (dedicated proof) in pencil, lower right. With the chopmark of Screened Images lower left.
Print/Casting Year 2001
Edition DP 4/8 aside from ed. 60
Foundry/Publisher Cooper Square Prints, pub.
Lot description
The nude female figure is Wesselmann's iconic Pop image. Exquisitely rendered in shades of blue with touches of rose, this print would seem to be inspired by the work of Matisse who also focused on the female form. Tom Wesselmann graduated from Cooper Union, the highly regarded art school located on Cooper Square in New York City. The artist dedicated a small number of prints to his beloved alma mater designated DP. Published by Cooper Square Prints (another reference to the school) on 100% cotton 2-ply Museum Board.

Tom Wesselmann - Blue Nudes, ex. cat. Galerie Benden & Kimczak, Cologne, Germany 2006.

Tom Wesselmann (American, 1931–2004), a central member of the Pop Art movement, was born in Cincinnati, OH. He attended the University of Cincinnati before serving in the army from 1951 to 1954. While he was in the service, he began drawing cartoons, a hobby that he decided to pursue as a career when his two-year tour ended. After graduating from the Art Academy of Cincinnati, he was accepted into Cooper Union in New York, where he was encouraged by faculty members to pursue painting and printmaking. In the early 1960s, he began to make small collages and assemblages, which included everyday imagery from magazines, advertisements, and consumer culture. His work became more sexually charged in the late 1960s, culminating in his erotic series, Great American Nudes. Wesselmann’s work increased in scale in the 1970s, as he began painting simple objects on shaped canvases in his Standing Still Life series. Later in the 1970s, he created cut-out compositions in aluminum, enamel, and steel. In the last two years of his life, he returned to the female nude that had become so iconic in his work, producing the Sunset Nude series. Although stylistically similar to the flattened females of his earlier series, the women in the Sunset Nude series appear more abstracted and playful, alluding to the famous nudes of Henri Matisse and Man Ray.

Selected Public Collections:.
The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY)
Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY)
Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, IL)
Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA)
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C.)
Smithsonian Museum of American Art (Washington, D.C.)
Blue Nude #2 by Tom Wesselmann
  • Blue Nude #2 by Tom Wesselmann
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