enamel on cut-out steel
130 x 192 cm (51 1/8 x 75 5/8 in.)
on the reverse signed, dated and titled
With his reduction to outlines, Tom Wesselmann has added a new facet to the tradition of depicting the American landscape. As a child, he had mainly played outside, fishing and building environments for snakes and lizards he had caught. Later he spent the summers in the Catskill Mountains from 1970 on. The cut-out works began with Wesselmann's original idea to preserve the process and immediacy 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 interested in the form and presentation of the image, which caused a constant change and development in his work. With his works in cut-out steel, Tom Wesselmann has made a great contribution to intensifying the image by way of the form.
"Monica Lying on Blanket", 1988
enamel on laser-cut steel
51 x 104,5 cm (20 x 41 1/8 in.)
"Monica Asleep on Blanket", 1985/2004
alkyd oil paint on cut-out steel
21,6 x 35,6 cm (8 1/2 x 14 in.)
"Smoking cigarette", 1998
Liquitex on bristol board, collage
4 7/8 x 4 5/8 in.