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Tom Wesselmann

Monica Crosslegged with Beads

alkyd oil paint on cut-out steel
1985/2004
29,2 x 19,2 cm / 11 1/2 x 7 1/2 in.
verso dated, titled by Claire Wesselmann and numbered 4/25 edition of 25 + 6 AP

Wesselmann came to fame in the 1960s with his "Great American Nude" series. The nude fema-le body remained a recurring motif in his work. The cut-out works began with Wesselmann's original idea to preserve the process and immedi-acy of his drawings, including the false lines or errors, and to transfer them to steel. He called them 'steel drawings'. The main motifs of these works are the same that preoccupied him since the 1950s - nudes, still lifes and landscapes. However, from the beginning he was mainly inter-ested in the form and presentation of the image, which caused a constant change and devel-opment in his work. With his works in cut-out steel, Tom Wesselmann has made a great contri-bution to intensifying the image by way of the form.

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