The American pop artist, Tom Wesselmann, was born in Cincinnati. In February 1931 He studied psychology and decided later on in his life to become an artist. After his service in Korea Wesselmann began to study art in New York.
Initially, he wanted to become a cartoonist, but when he became acquainted with the work of the Abstract Expressionists and especially with the large paintings of Willem de Kooning, he changed his mind. At the beginning of his career Wesselmann worked in a style that was greatly influenced by the work of De Kooning and other Expressionists. Towards the end of his career he made work that had a strong resemblance to his work from the fifties .
Tom Wesselmann was mostly known for his serie “Great American nudes”. Wesselmann made this serie of paintings and assemblages in the sixties. Inspired by the world of advertising and film, like his colleagues Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, he started creating. The images of Tom Wesselmann seemed to be composed, such as women, who come out of the shower and drying themselfs. Just like in a brochure of a company of sanitary products The theme of washing, drying and dressing was obviously an important theme in his work. The sexual aspect that Wesselmann acquired, can be found in the details, by emphasizing on red lips, painted nails and pink nipples.
Tom Wesselmann died in December 2004 at the age of 73 in his hometown of New York from complications following heart surgery.