Tom Wesselmann, ‘Study for Still Life #40’, Christie's

Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004)

Study for Still Life #40

signed and dated 'Wesselmann 64' (upper right)

Liquitex and graphite on paper

22 3/4 x 31 5/8 in. (57.7 x 80.3 cm.)

Executed in 1964.

Signature: signed and dated 'Wesselmann 64' (upper right)

Princeton University, The Art Museum; The University of Texas at Austin, Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery and Minneapolis, The Walker Art Center, Selections from the Ileana and Michael Sonnabend Collection: Works from the 1950s and 1960s, February 1985-March 1986, pp. 106 and 112, no. 84 (illustrated).

The Estate of Ileana Sonnabend, acquired directly from the artist

By descent from the above to the present owner

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