Big Blonde with Choker, 1992
Serigraph on Archiveart 4 ply 100% Rag museum board
49.5 x 70 inches
Signed and numbered by the artist
Tom Wesselmann (American, 1931-2004) is associated with the American Pop art movement. He earned a degree in psychology in his native Cincinnati and then studied art. He eventually moved to New York to attend Cooper Union. In the early years of Wesselmann's career, he earned a living as a cartoonist and high school art teacher. In the late 1950s, he shifted his focus from cartooning to painting. Wesselmann went on to create a distinct style of collage and assemblage that incorporated advertisements, food wrappers, and real objects such as a toaster or refrigerator door. In 1960, Wesselmann began the Great American Nude series for which he is best known. He depicted the female body with bold colors and “reductive simplicity,” often zooming in on the subject’s mouth or breasts. He drew inspiration from William de Kooning, Henri Matisse and Piet Mondrian. Wesslemann's works are (like theirs) included in numerous public collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art.About the Work:
Wesselmann was an innovative printmaker, adapting his imagery to lithograph, silkscreen, and aquatint. Big Blonde with Choker is a fine example of this as well as the artist’s general oeuvre. Printed in 1992 by Screened Images in Port Washington, New York, this original 18-color serigraph is in pristine condition.Market Information:
A major retrospective exhibition of Wesselmann’s work, organized by the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, is currently on view and scheduled to travel to museums across the United States. With this, we expect the value of the artist’s work to increase in the coming years. Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase a stunning piece—at a reasonable price—by a celebrated artist.