Lot 3
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Tom Wesselmann

90,000 - 120,000 EUR
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  • Tom Wesselmann
  • Mouth Study for Minneapolis catalogue cover, 1968
  • oil on canvas
    signed; signed, titled and dated 1968 on the stretcher
  • 25 x 20 cm; 9 7/8 x 7 7/8 in.


Sidney Janis Gallery, New York
Private collection, London
Sale: Sotheby's London, Contemporary Art Part II, 27 June 1997, lot 244
Collection Stanley J. Seeger, Surrey
Sale: Sotheby's New York, The Eye of a Collector - Works from the Collection of Stanley J. Seeger, 9 May 2001, lot 71
Collection Jacques Grange, Paris

Catalogue Note

"Part of the visual drama of these works lies in the reduction colour schemes of whites and hot red, sometimes interrupted by a glimpse of pink tongue or wisps of blonde hair crossing the mouth's corner."

in Sam Hunter, Tom Wesselmann, Rizzoli, 1994, p. 25.

With Mouth Study for Minneapolis Catalogue, Cover, Tom Wesselmann imposes "his mouth", just as Warhol does with Marylin, as a major icon of the 1960s. Originally in the ex-collection of Stanley Seeger, Mouth Study for Minneapolis Catalogue Cover shows a pair of half-closed, bright red lips contrasting starkly with perfect dazzling white teeth that are worthy of a Hollywood star. Even if Wesselmann never associated himself with any art school or movement, his Mouth series, like his Smokers series that he began in 1967, is conclusively pop. Up to the 1970s the artist developed works that focused on American life, creating a singular set of images with a fascinating use of close ups to capture fragments of sensuality in paint of an intensity and eroticism that clash with the simplicity of the compositions and illustrate the artist's obsession with majestic and explicit forms.