Study for Seascape #6, Tom Wesselmann
Tom Wesselmann
Study for Seascape #6
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Tom Wesselmann

Study for Seascape #6, 1965

222 x 235 mm
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Acrylic paint (Liquitex) over pencil on wove paper
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17914 Z
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection
Can be presented in the study room of the Graphische Sammlung (special opening hours)


About the Work

These feet stretched pleasurably skyward spark associations of a summer mood and going swimming. After drawing only their outlines, the Pop artist Wesselmann painted the feet a vibrant skin colour with surprisingly loose brushstrokes. He executed the composition and colour study in preparation for a series of paintings revolving around the human being’s ability to see things in sections.

About the Acquisition

The Städel Museum has the photographer, psychotherapist, philanthropist, and long-time Frankfurt resident Ulrike Crespo (1950–2019) to thank for more than ninety works ranging from classical modernism to American pop art. The paintings, drawings, and prints by Wassily Kandinsky, Otto Dix, Oskar Schlemmer, Max Ernst, Jean Dubuffet, Cy Twombly, and others originally belonged to the holdings of her grandfather, the Darmstadt-based industrialist Karl Ströher (1890–1977), who amassed an extensive art collection after World War II.

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