Tom Wesselmann, ‘Smoker #22’, Christie's

Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004)

Smoker #22

signed, titled and dated 'Smoker #22 1975 Wesselmann' (on the stretcher)

oil on shaped canvas

82 1/2 x 76 in. (209.5 x 193 cm.)

Painted in 1975.

Signature: signed, titled and dated 'Smoker #22 1975 Wesselmann' (on the stretcher)

New York, Sidney Janis Gallery, Wesselmann: New Paintings, April-May 1976, no. 10.

Sidney Janis Gallery, New York

Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1976

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