Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004)

 

Big Study for Bedroom Face

 

1976

Sheet: 56 x 79 cm
Image: 42.5 x 61 cm
Pencil and thinned Liquitex on J. Green rag paper
Signed and dated upper right, numbered D7637 on the reverse
Tom Wesselmann estate number D7637

 

Provenance:

Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, 1978
Maurice Keitelman Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium, 1993
Wiegersma Fine Art, Brussels, Belgium, 1993
Private Collection, The Netherlands, 1994
Private Collection, Belgium, 2015

 

Exhibited:

Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, 1978

 

In 1976 Wesselmann started work on a new series of Bedroom Paintings. In these works, he revised the formal construction of the composition, which was now cut by a diagonal, with one entire section being taken up by a woman's face in the very near foreground. This work is a fine and early example of Wesselmann's Bedroom series. The work depicted here could be an early study for an aquatint and etching made by Wesselmann in 1977 in an edition of 100 with almost the same subject. Tom Wesselmann once said that his bedroom series is the best work he has made.

 

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