ink and coloured pencil on rag tracing paper
7,6 x 10,2 cm (3 x 4 in.)
signed lower left
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. In a next step he reduced the scene to a few outlines, at the same time bringing it close to the foreground. In his late works, diminishing the border between his figurative and abstract styles, his admiration and the influence of Matisse become ever more evident.
"Claire with Wesselmann", 1992
liquitex on bristol board
47.2 x 62.2 in.
"The Red Canoe" (black), 1990
enamel on cut-out steel
130 x 192 cm (51 1/8 x 75 5/8 in.)
"Study for Sunset Nude (Sitting)", 2002
ink and coloured pencil on tracing paper
image 7,9 x 6,9 cm (3 1/8 x 2 3/4 in.) paper 14 x 14,3 cm ( 5 1/2 x 5 5/8 in.)