Tom Wesselmann (American, 1931-2004)Little Still Life #12
Signed and dated "Wesselmann 63" lower right, signed and dated "Wesselmann/10/63" on the reverse, with an ink stamp from The Green Gallery, New York, applied to the reverse, and with further inscriptions (see below) to the reverse.
Mixed media including oil and gesso on Nopcofoam, 11 x 13 1/2 in. (28.0 x 34.2 cm), framed.
Condition: Good (with restoration by the artist and his studio).
Provenance: Gift from the artist to Marcus Ratliff; estate of Marcus Ratliff, Vermont.
N.B. Artist and graphic designer Marcus Ratliff met and befriended Tom and Claire Wesselmann when they were all students at Cooper Union. They exhibited together in 1959 and remained lifelong close friends. Wesselmann presented TV Dinner
to Ratliff as a wedding gift shortly after it had been exhibited at The Green Gallery. A letter describing the gift and its restoration by Wesselmann and his studio in 1991 accompanies the lot.
We would like to thank the Tom Wesselmann Estate for their kind assistance in cataloging this lot.
Condition: Framed dimensions: 13 1/4 x 15 7/8 in.
Further inscriptions to the reverse include: "SLICE OF BREAD IS/OIL OVER GESSO ON/NOPCOFOAM "H" POLYETHER/RIGID FOAM./NOPCO COMPANY/TV DINNER IS/REINFORCED WITH/SAME NOPCO FOAM/...WITH ACRYLIC/POLYMER EMULSION/MEDIUM (WATER)/1991: TV DINNER PAINTED BY/WESSELMANN ASSISTANT/IN W'S STUDIO, TO/RESTORE FADED DAMAGE/+ PRIOR RESTORATION"
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