Tom Wesselmann, ‘Monica Nude with Lichtenstein’, 2002, New River Fine Art

Screenprint in colors, 2002, on museum board, signed in pencil, and numbered from the edition of 60, published byCooper Square Prints, printed by Screenprint Images (with the blindstamp)
Image: 24.88 x 42.12 in. (63.2 x 107 cm)
Sheet: 36 x 49.48 in. (91.5 x 125.7 cm)

Tom Wesselmann was an American pop artist, along with Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Claes Oldenburg. He specialized in found art collages.
Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Wesselmann was drafted into the Army for the Korean War. Afterward, he studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and later at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science, Art and Architecture in New York City. While still at the Cooper Union Wesselmann learned to paint, his initial purpose of going into art was to become a cartoonist.
His early work was heavily influenced by the abstract expressionist painters, especially Willem de Kooning. His art became more popular in the 1960s and had his first one-man exhibition in 1962 at the Tanager Gallery, New York. After that, his art made it to several other exhibitions such as the Young America exhibition in 1965, Whitney Museum, New York.
Beginning in the 1950s, he made collages from magazine clippings and found objects, often incorporating female nudes. Wesselmann was best known for his "Great American Nudes" series, which he started in 1961. He has continued to feature the female nude in every major series of paintings and sculpture throughout his career.
He died of complications following heart surgery, at the age of 73.

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