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Tom Wesselmann Great American Nude


 
Tom Wesselmann Great American Nude


Tom Wesselmann

Great American Nude, 1968
Original Color Silkscreen on Paper
Unframed: 15 x 15 inches
Framed: 17 1/2 x 17 inches
Unumbered and Unsigned
Limited Edition, estimated at fewer than 300 impressions
Inscribed verso in black ink "Silk Screen from Banner by Tom Wesselmann © for Multiples Inc. 1968"
Printed by Edition Domberger, Germany
Published by Multiples, New York, 1968
Floated in White Wood frame, full margins Visible




Great American Nude Series

According to Multiples Inc., fewer than 300 impressions were printed, most likely fewer than 50-75 survive. Although not signed, it is still considered an original Color Screenprint limited edition.

Furthermore, due to its very realized subject, it is also a highly successful iconic Pop Work by the Master Artist Tom Wesslemann, and uses an image that is probably the Artist's most famous.

Wesselmann's series Great American Nude first brought him to the attention of the art world in 1961. After a dream concerning the phrase "red, white, and blue", he decided to paint a Great American Nude in a palette limited to those colors and any colors associated with patriotic motifs such as gold and khaki.

The series incorporated representational images with an accordingly patriotic theme, such as American landscape photos and portraits of founding fathers. Often these images were collaged from magazines and discarded posters, which called for a larger format than Wesselmann had used previously. Wesselmann's first solo show was held at the Tanager Gallery in 1961, representing both the large and small Great American Nude collages.