Tom Wesselmann, Still Life with Petunias, Lilies and Fruit, 1988


OriginalTom Wesselmann Still Life with Petunias, Lilies and Fruit, 1988 for sale

Signed Tom Wesselmann Screenprint, Still Life with Petunias, Lilies and Fruit, 1988

Artist: Tom Wesselmann (1931 - 2004)

Title: Still Life with Petunias, Lilies and Fruit, 1988

Medium: Screenprint

Image Size: 39 in x 73 in (99.1 cm x 185.4 cm)

Edition: Numbered from the edition of 100.

Signature: This work is hand signed by Tom Wesselmann (Cincinnati, 1931 – New York City, 2004) in pencil.

Condition: This work is in excellent condition.

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Beautiful, sharp colors pop off the canvas in Tom Wesselmann Still Life with Petunias, Lilies and Fruit, 1988. A luscious and sweet bowl of fruit sits on a table surrounded by fragrant and brightly colored flowers. Patches of white on the top of the red apple and the bananas reflect the light and make the fruit shine. Dark grapes peak from behind the more warmly colored fruit, adding delicious contrast with the oranges, yellows, reds, and pear green. There is little linear detail; instead Wesselmann creates the forms with brilliant colors. The intense multiplicity of the orange colored lilies shows a remarkable talent with color on Wesselmann’s part. He has also placed the lilies in a tall glass vase, and we can see the green stems change color in and out of the water. Incredibly, we can also see the life-like refraction of the water – a stunning detail that speaks to Wesselmann’s genius. He adds a second blue vase behind the first, giving depth to image and also using it as an opportunity to add another burst of color. The contrast of the sweetly pink petunias against the charcoal black tea kettle adds more power to the screenprint. Everywhere that the eye touches Wesselmann has created wondrous colors and sharp contrasts with the stark white background making for a visually striking image.

Created in 1988, this screenprint is hand signed by Tom Wesselmann (Cincinnati, 1931 – New York City, 2004) in pencil and numbered from the edition of 100.

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A Certificate of Authenticity will accompany Tom Wesselmann Still Life with Petunias, Lilies and Fruit, 1988.

About the Framing:

Framed to museum-grade, conservation standards, Tom Wesselmann Still Life with Petunias, Lilies and Fruit, 1988 is presented in a complementary moulding and finished with silk-wrapped mats and optical grade Plexiglas.

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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 (1931-2004)

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.

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