Tom Wesselmann, ‘Bedroom Blonde Doodle (3-D)’, 1984-1988, Sotheby's

Property from an Important Private Collection, Florida

Executed in 1984-1988.

From the Catalogue
“For many years, drawing, especially from the nude, was a desperate attempt to capture something significant of the beauty of the woman I was confronted with. It was always frustrating because the beauty of the woman is so elusive.”

Tom Wesselmann
—Courtesy of Sotheby's

Signature: signed, titled and dated 1986 and 86 twice on the reverse

New York, Sidney Janis Gallery, Exhibition of Cut-Out Metal Paintings by Tom Wesselmann, April - May 1987

Sidney Janis Gallery, New York
Private Collection, Florida
Irving Galleries, Palm Beach
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 2004

About Tom Wesselmann

Tom Wesselmann is considered one of the major artists of New York Pop Art, along with Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. Best known for his 1960s series “Great American Nude,” which featured flat figures in an intense palette of red, white, blue, and other patriotic colors, Wesselmann, in an effort to reject Abstract Expressionism, made collages and assemblages that incorporated everyday objects and advertising ephemera. In the early 1980s, he produced his first "Metal Works,” in which he shaped canvases and cut metal to create abstract three-dimensional images. In his final years, Wesselmann returned to the female form in the “Sunset Nudes” series, where the compositions, abstract imagery, and sanguine moods recall the odalisques of Henri Matisse.

American, 1931-2004, Cincinnati, OH, United States, based in New York, NY, United States