Tom Wesselmann

Tom Wesselmann


Nationality: American

The American Pop Artist, Tom Wesselmann, is a legend. He was born in 1931 and died in 2004. His works is currently displayed all over the world, including the Art Institute of Chicago and the Dallas Museum of Art. His workings were not limited to paintings but also sculpting and printmaking. He never intended to become a painter, but rather a cartoonist.

Wesselmann was encouraged by Willem de Kooning, and his inspiration is what gave him the drive he needed for his own paintings. The first sculptures that Weseslmann tried were made with bits of paper he tore up to make bigger shapes. These items, called Little Great American Nudes, were considered aggressive compositions, and his compositions are just as famous as his paintings. His ideology for creating real life applications is what many find fascinating.

In the 1970’s, his work entitled Smoker mouths, featured large still-life sculptures that were almost completely freestanding. He gained much notoriety in the pop art culture. Though the 1970’s were all about sculptures, he returned to his passion of painting in the 1980’s. His drawings were cut from steel, unique, and, the Vivienne Doodle was a 3D art piece from aluminum. Using his innovative printmaker abilities, he was able to adapt his visualizations to lithographs and other screen-prints.

In 1993 in Japan, they held a retrospective of his work. Though he passed in 2004, his fascinating sculpture work has gained notoriety for its intense use of color and the formal composition elements that were utilized. As one of the greats, his timeless pieces will live on and galleries full of his work are proof of that.


Tom Wesselmann Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004) Blonde Vivienne (Filled In), 1985/1995 Alkyd oil on cut-out aluminum 50 inches (127 cm) di
Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004)Blonde Vivienne (Filled In), 1985/1995Alkyd oil on cut-out aluminum50 inches (127 cm) di...
Lot 69017
Auction 5262
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004) Bedroom Tit with Lamp, 1979 Thinned liquitex and pencil on rag paper collage 14-1/2 x 20-3
Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004)Bedroom Tit with Lamp, 1979Thinned liquitex and pencil on rag paper collage14-1/2 x 20-3...
Lot 77038
Auction 5300
Monday, May 22, 2017
Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004) Big Blonde, 1986-88 Screenprint in colors on wove paper 55 x 74 inches (139.7 x 188.0 cm)
Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004)Big Blonde, 1986-88Screenprint in colors on wove paper55 x 74 inches (139.7 x 188.0 cm) ...
Lot 77147
Auction 5311
Monday, October 23, 2017
Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004) Untitled (Nude with Bouquet and Stockings), 1991 Screenprint in colors on Museum Board 44-
Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004)Untitled (Nude with Bouquet and Stockings), 1991Screenprint in colors on Museum Board44-...
Lot 77150
Auction 5311
Monday, October 23, 2017
Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004) Blonde Vivienne, 1988-89 Screenprint in colors on Museum Board 56 x 57 inches (142.2 x 144
Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004)Blonde Vivienne, 1988-89Screenprint in colors on Museum Board56 x 57 inches (142.2 x 144...
Lot 77149
Auction 5311
Monday, October 23, 2017

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