Tom Wesselmann (American, 1931-2004) began his career drawing cartoons while serving in the army. When he returned, he enrolled in the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and from there became one of the leading American Pop artists, rejecting Abstract Expressionism in favor of representations of nudes, still-lifes, and landscapes. He is best known for his depictions of nude women in flat forms and intense colors. Wesselmann believed his work differed from that of his Pop contemporaries because he made aesthetic use of everyday objects, rather than critiquing them on the basis of their commodity-status. Many of his works can be found in the collections of MoMA, New York; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and the Tate, London.
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