Tom Wesselmann, ‘Smoker, from an American Portrait’, 1976, ArtWise

Signed and Numbered 96 out of 175 in pencil by Wesselmann. Published by Transworld Art, New York on Museum Rag board. The Transworld blind stamp is in the lower left hand corner. This work is a part of Wesselmann's evolving series of "Smokers," originally inspired by the observations of his model for another ongoing series "Mouth." Wesselmann revisited the "Smoker" image throughout the 1970s. Minor foxing throughout the border of the piece. The image, signature and numbering are unaffected. Particularly heavy spotting on the upper left hand corner.

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