Big Blonde with Choker, 1992
From an edition of 90 + 12AP
49 2/5 × 69 9/10 inches (125.4 × 177.5 cm.)
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Tom Wesselmann was one of the major artists of the American Pop Art movement, although he never liked his inclusion in it. Reproducing consumer products and everyday objects, his ephemeral figurative imagery of female forms, landscapes and still life departed from the gestural abstraction popular at the time. Wesselmann experimented with assemblage and collage, embarking in wild juxtapositions of mass-produced gadgets that competed for the viewer’s attention, as he intended to ‘make figurative art as spatially and visually aggressive as abstract art’.
The artist rose to prominence through his work exploring the nude human figure, and Big Blonde with Choker is among his most iconic works. Here, he takes the nude figure of a woman and distills the features to their most essential forms and shapes, rendering them with bright but fluid lines that are true to life. Being undervalued in relation to his Pop Art peers, Wesselmann holds hidden value for collectors.