ART 301: Art Since 1945
16, Nov. 2012 Tom Wesselamann: Great American Nude The pop art movement emerged in the mid 1950’s, it presented a challenge to the traditions of fine art by including imagery from popular culture such as advertising, news, etc. Pop artists were very much against Abstract Expressionism, but were influence by Dada style of art. Pop artist celebrated commonplace objects, and people of everyday life, in this way of seeking to evaluate popular culture to the level of fine art. Artists of this time period “ were part of an international phenomenon that saw major developments in various cities in the mid-1950’s on ward” states TheArtStory.org website. There were so many influential artists from this time such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, and so forth. However, the artist and his series of masterful work that will be the main focus of this paper is Tom Wesselamann, and his works of Great American Nude series. Alfes 2
American painter, sculptor, and printmaker, Tom Wesselmann is “widely regard as on the leading artists of American Pop art” states artdaily.com website. Born in Cincinnati in 1931, Wesselmann originally studied to become a cartoonist however, while studying at the Cooper Union, the uniqueness powerful work by William De Kooning with both inspiration and inhabited him to find a new direction. Although Wesselmann admired De Kooning, “he rejected abstract expressionism in favor of the classical representations of the nude, still life, and landscapes” again states artdaily.org. The 1960’s was a time period where Pop artists used iconic events and people to gain inspiration. In 1961, Wesselamann began working on the Great American Nude series, works of art that he is best known for today.
It’s ironic how a lot of the best works of art