Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004)
Face #4
signed and dated 'Wesselmann 68' (lower right); signed again, titled and dated again 'FACE #4 Wesselmann 1968' (on the stretcher bar)
oil on shaped canvas
37 x 51 1/2 in. (94 x 130.8 cm.)
Painted in 1968.
Sidney Janis Gallery, New York
Private collection
Anon. sale; Sotheby's, New York, 11 May 2006, lot 230
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
T. Stealingworth, Tom Wesselmann, New York, 1980, p. 166 (illustrated).

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Lot Essay

"When I made the decision in 1959 that I was not going to be an abstract painter; that I was going to be a representational painter...I only got started by doing the opposite of everything I loved. And in choosing representational painting, I decided to do, as my subject matter, the history of art: I would do nudes, still-lifes, landscapes, interiors, portraits, etc..." Tom Wesselmann

(M. Livingstone, "Tom Wesselmann: Telling It Like It Is,” exh. cat., Tokyo, Isetan Museum of Art, Tom Wesselmann; A Retrospective Survey 1969-1992, 1993, p. 21)

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