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Tom Wesselmann

Smoking Cigarette No. 1, 1991

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Lot 20
Etching with aquatint
15.0 x 17.0 in (38.1 x 43.2 cm)
Edition of 65
Signed and numbered on recto


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Tom Wesselmann’s brand of Pop Art is characterized by the flattening and simplification of everyday subjects. Here, a single cigarette releases a precise stream of smoke. Crisp and seductive, with this print Wesselmann imbues everyday fragments with new, iconic potency.

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About Tom Wesselmann

Tom Wesselmann (American, b. 1931) began his career as an artist during two years of active service in the army, during which he drew numerous cartoons. When he returned, he enrolled in the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and from there became one of the leading American Pop artists in the 1960s, 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.