Tom Wesselmann (American, 1931-2004) Open Ended Nude Drawing Edition #37, 1973 3 7/8 x 8 11/16in (9.8 x 22.6cm)
Lot 106
Tom Wesselmann (American, 1931-2004) Open Ended Nude (Drawing Edition) #37, 1973 3 7/8 x 8 11/16in (9.8 x 22.6cm)
Sold for US$ 36,600 inc. premium

Lot Details
Tom Wesselmann (American, 1931-2004)
Open Ended Nude (Drawing Edition) #37, 1973
numbered, signed and dated '#37, Wesselmann 73' (lower left) and titled, numbered, inscribed and dated (on the reverse)
pencil and Liquitex on Bristol rag board
3 7/8 x 8 11/16in (9.8 x 22.6cm)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Collection of the artist
    Collection of Richard Dimmler (gift from the above)
    Jack Glenn Gallery, Newport Beach, California
    Estate of Molly and Leon Lyon, Newport Beach, California (acquired from the above in October 1975)

    This work is registered in the artist's studio archive.

    The Open Ended drawing series was created from a handmade stencil and variably finished in different media. Some were done in pencil only, a few in charcoal, but most were created using thinned Liquitex with a wide range of color variations and combinations. The drawings were often studies for larger works. Wesselmann used the template to experiment with different color combinations, a variety of hair colors and flesh tones, as well as stockings and other articles of clothing. As a result, although the same image is replicated, no two are identical. Initially, Wesselmann did not know how many ultimately would be produced. He meticulously recorded each work in his studio archive to keep lists of which color choices had been used and what number was next in the series. Wesselmann ended the series when he reached number 200, after working on it for almost ten years.
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