Tom Wesselmann, Still Life with Liz, 1993
Signed Tom Wesselmann silkscreen, Still Life with Liz, 1993
|Artist:||Tom Wesselmann (1931 - 2004)|
|Title:||Still Life with Liz, 1993|
|Sheet Size:||49 3/8 in x 47 in (125.1 cm x 119.4 cm)|
|Edition:||This work is numbered from the edition of 90; published by International Images, Vermont.|
|Signature:||This work is hand-signed by Tom Wesselmann (Ohio, 1931 - New York, 2004) in pencil.|
|Condition:||This work is in very good condition.|
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Historical Description of this artwork
A wonderful scene unfolds before us as lush flowers and oranges sit on a countertop against a beautiful backdrop. Both art and daily life are constantly merged in Wesselmann works, and this one follows that theme but with a twist. A famous portrait is featured of Elizabeth Tyler that was created by Wessselman’s contemporary, Andy Warhol. Such inclusions of reproductions by other artists in his still lifes was popular by Wesselmann as he wanted to show that art—once so far removed from everyday life—had joined the commercial world. A touching homage that Warhol would have been proud of.
Created in 1993, this silkscreen is hand-signed by Tom Wesselmann (Ohio, 1931 – New York, 2004) in pencil. Numbered from the edition of 90, this work is published by International Images, Vermont and features their blindstamp.
Catalogue Raisonné & COA:
A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany this work.
About the Framing:
Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.
What Do I Get With My Purchase?
The Certificate of Authenticity accompanies this work, guaranteeing its authenticity for as long as you own it.
All catalogue raisonné and historical documentation is included with your purchase.
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Tom Wesselmann Biography
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1931, Tom Wesselmann attended Hiram College before entering the University of Cincinnati in 1951. Interrupted by the draft, he spent his service years stateside where he began drawing cartoons and upon returning he decided to pursue a career in cartooning and double enrolled at the Art Academy of Cincinnati. Upon graduating from both institutions, he moved to New York where he was accepted in the Cooper Union and his focus shifted to fine art. Drawn to the work of Motherwell and de Kooning, Wesselmann rejected abstract expression in favor of classical representations of the nude, still life and landscape, becoming one of the leading American Pop artists of 1960’s. He created collages and assemblages incorporating everyday objects and advertising in order to make powerful images. It was during this time that his most well-known series Great American Nude was created, in which he had a dream about the colors red, white and blue, or, more specifically, the phrase “red, white and blue.” When he awoke he decided to do a Great American Nude; limiting his palette to those colors and any related patriotic colors. Wesselmann never liked his inclusion in American Pop Art, pointing out how he made an aesthetic use of everyday objects and not a reference to them as consumer objects: “I dislike labels in general and ‘Pop’ in particular, especially because it overemphasizes the material used. There does seem to be a tendency to use similar materials and images, but the different ways they are used denies any kind of group intention.” In the 1970’s Wesselmann continued to work with canvas and began exploring metal with the development of laser-cutting application. The 1990’s and 2000’s the artist expanded on his early themes of bold compositions and abstract imagery. Dying of heart disease in 2004, Wesselmann is regarded as one of the leading figures in the vanguard of American Pop Art.