Tom Wesselmann

Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004) was a key member in the pop art movement. He studied the Hiram College in Ohio and at the Cincinnati University between 1945 and 1951. Later enlisted to the military service where he began to draw cartoons which had a strong influence on his career path.Moving to NYC, he continued his works while attended Cooper Union School for Arts and Architecture in 1956. Able to make a living working as a cartoonist for several journals and magazines in addition to teaching at a high school in Brooklyn. At the end of the fifties a series of collages in small format were created being regarded as precursors of the later series "Great American Nudes" and "Still life" in big format.Out of these collages he developed first nude depictions in 1960. His first single exhibition took place at the Tanager Gallery in New York in 1961. In 1963 he married Claire Selley, who also was his most important model. He began a series of "Bathtub Collages". Presenting in 1966 his first of many one-man shows at the Janis Gallery. In 1964 Tom Wesselmann began with further series, e.g. "Bedroom Paintings", "Seascapes" and "Smokers", which he continued until the early 1980s.His choice of trivial motifs, reduction to stereotypes, sexual emblematic as well as the use of bright colours made Tom Wesselmann a co-founder of the American Pop-Art during the 1960s.

 In 2004, Tom Wesselmann died in New York.

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