Tom Wesselmann, ‘Signed card in postmarked envelope’, 1981, Alpha 137 Gallery
Tom Wesselmann, ‘Signed card in postmarked envelope’, 1981, Alpha 137 Gallery

Rare vintage postcard of Wesselmann's iconic "Smoker", boldly signed in marker on the front - would look gorgeous when framed. This lot is accompanied by the stamped and postmarked (franked) envelope addressed to autograph collector Dan Pope -- a former CBS News producer/cameraman who collected artists' autographs for decades, and personally befriended artists like Cy Twombly.

Signature: Boldly signed by the artist in black marker on the recto

personal collection of Dan Pope, a former CBS News producer/cameraman who collected artists' autographs for decades, and personally befriended artists like Cy Twombly.

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