1931–2004, USA

Birth 1931, 23/2, USA
Died 2004, 17/12, USA

Tom Wesselmann was born in Cincinnati / Ohio on 23 February 1931. Between 1945 and 1951 he studied at Hiram College in Ohio before studying psychology at the University of Cincinnati. One year later he was called up for military service due to the Korean war. Being discontented with his situation he began to draw cartoons at that time. In 1954 he resumed his studies and apart from this he attended the art academy. He moved to New York and attends Cooper Union School for Arts and Architecture in 1956. He earned his living by working as a cartoonist for several journals and magazines as well as by teaching at a highschool in Brooklyn. At the end of the fifties a series of collages in small format were created being regarded as precursors of the later series "Great American Nudes" and "Still life" in big format. Out of these collages he developed first nude depictions in 1960. His first single exhibition took place at the Tanager Gallery in New York in 1961. One year later he participated in the group exhibition "New Realists" at the Sidney Janis Gallery, his international career with numerous exhibitions started off. The same year his first assemblages with the title "Still Life" came into existence. In 1963 Tom Wesselmann married his girl-friend and fellow student Claire Selley, who also was his most important model. He began a series of "Bathtub Collages". In 1966 the first of many one-man shows took place at the Janis Gallery. In 1964 Tom Wesselmann began with further series, e.g. "Bedroom Paintings", "Seascapes" and "Smokers", which he continued until the early 1980s. In 1980 he published a treatise about his artistic development under the pseudonym Slim Stealingworth. In 1983 first "Metal Works" were produced, which were based on the artist's drawings and sketches and which are still in the centre of the artist's interest. In 1994 a comprehensive retrospective took place at the Kunsthalle in Tübingen. Tom Wesselmann died in New York on 17 December 2004. His choice of trivial motifs, thier monumentalisation, reduction to stereotypes, sexual embelematic as well as the use of bright colours made Tom Wesselmann a co-founder of the American Pop-Art during the 1960s.


Judy Trying On Clothes by Tom WESSELMANN

Judy Trying On Clothes (1997)

Price EUR 8,125 Incl. buyer's premium
Estimated EUR 3,400–7,000
Claire Sitting With Robe Half Off by Tom WESSELMANN

Claire Sitting With Robe Half Off (1993)

Price EUR 10,625 Incl. buyer's premium
Estimated EUR 6,000–12,000
Monica Reclining On Her Back, Knees Up by Tom WESSELMANN

Monica Reclining On Her Back, Knees Up (1992)

Price EUR 3,300
Monica Nude With Cezanne by Tom WESSELMANN

Monica Nude With Cezanne (1994)

Price EUR 11,000
Seascape by Tom WESSELMANN

Seascape (1998)

Price EUR 9,500
Sitting Blue Stockinged Nude by Tom WESSELMANN

Sitting Blue Stockinged Nude (ca.1968)

Price EUR 0 Not sold
Estimated EUR 70,000–100,000
Judy On A Blue Blanket by Tom WESSELMANN

Judy On A Blue Blanket (1960)

Price USD 4,025 (€2,990)
Estimated USD 3,000–5,000
Beautiful Bedroom Kate by Tom WESSELMANN

Beautiful Bedroom Kate (1998)

Price USD 7,475 (€5,553)
Estimated USD 7,000–10,000
Bedroom Blonde by Tom WESSELMANN

Bedroom Blonde (1997)

Price USD 12,075 (€8,970)
Estimated USD 4,000–6,000
Look At Wesselman 1968 by Tom WESSELMANN

Look At Wesselman 1968

Price SEK 1,200 (€117)
Estimated SEK 1,000
Study For Ginas Hand by Tom WESSELMANN

Study For Ginas Hand (-78)

Price SEK 380,000 (€41,739)
Estimated SEK 400,000–500,000
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