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Artist
Tom Wesselmann
Title
Blue Nude Drawing
Date
1999
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
Canvas: 39 1/2 × 39 1/2 inches (100.3 × 100.3 cm)Framed: 40 1/2 × 40 1/4 × 2 inches (102.9 × 102.2 × 5.1 cm)
Tags
Painting
Credit Line
Given in loving memory of Tom Wesselmann by Dwight and Susie Emanuelson. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight H. Emanuelson.
Accession Number
2005.17.1
Along with Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, and other artists of their generation, Tom Wesselmann was instrumental in the founding of the Pop Art movement. He was born and educated in Cincinnati, Ohio, and later studied at the Cooper Union in New York. Early in his artistic career he was under the strong influence of Willem de Kooning and the Abstract Expressionists, but his dedication to the human figure led him to look for new areas of interest.

This piece is part of a series inspired by Henri Matisse’s 1952 painting Blue Nude. The figures are based on sketches of Wesselmann’s wife Claire and are roughly life-size.