Still Life #41

A work made of synthetic polymer paint on wood and plastic.
© Estate of Tom Wesselmann/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

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  • A work made of synthetic polymer paint on wood and plastic.

Date:

1964

Artist:

Tom Wesselmann
American, 1931–2004

About this artwork

A leading figure of Pop Art, Tom Wesselmann approached contemporary American culture in terms of classical art-historical genres, like the nude and the still life. His early still-life assemblages, begun in 1962, melded painted forms with readymade objects and popular advertising images, creating a tension between the real and the depicted. A trip to a retail display manufacturer specializing in decorative objects inspired Wesselmann to have objects made in plastic from wooden molds and then painted and placed onto Formica shelves. Still Life #41 features both flat and dimensional objects. Removing identifying brands and labels, the artist emphasized the formal qualities of these purified, isolated shapes. Here the wooden facade of a 1930s table radio, a plastic half orange, and a plastic beer bottle become timeless, ironic icons.

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Artist

Tom Wesselmann

Title

Still Life #41

Origin

United States

Date

1964

Medium

Synthetic polymer paint on wood and plastic

Dimensions

121.9 x 152.4 x 20.3 cm (48 x 60 x 8 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Morris

Reference Number

1987.279

Copyright

© Estate of Tom Wesselmann/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

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