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Tom Wesselmann

Study for Bouquet for G.A.N. # 55

pencil and colour crayon on paper
1963
23 x 30,5 cm / 9 x 12 in.
signed, dated and inscribed 'GAN 55' lower right

Wesselmann became famous in the 1960s with his "Great American Nude" series. The nude female body remained a recurring motif in his work. Developing it further in his "Bedroom Paintings", Wesselmann began to concentrate on a few details of the figure such as hands, feet, and breasts, surrounded by flowers and objects. The present drawing is a preparatory work for Great American Nude #55. The bouquet, which the artist has delicately drawn in the style of French Impressionism, was executed as a collage in the final Great American Nude, an outstanding work in the series which made Wesselmann famous. The drawing proves that Wesselmann's skills are not limited to reduced brushstrokes, here the artist has proven his proficiency as a draughtsman.

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