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
Physical Description
Acrylic paint (Liquitex) over pencil on wove paper
Inventory Number
Object Number
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.

Work Data

Basic Information

Study for Seascape #6
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Acrylic paint (Liquitex) over pencil on wove paper
Geographic Reference
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert oben rechts (mit Bleistift): Wesselmann 65
Captions Added Later
Verso bezeichnet oben links: 176B
  • Nicht geprüft

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024
Acquired in 2019 as a bequest from Ulrike Crespo from the Karl Ströher Collection

Work Content

Motifs and References




Research and Discussion


Object History
Sidney Janis Gallery, New York
Leon Kraushar (1913‒1967), Long Island
Nachlass Kraushar, 1967
Verkauf über Franz Dahlem an Karl Ströher (1890‒1977), Darmstadt, 1968
Nachlass Karl Ströher, 1977
an seine Enkelin Ulrike Crespo (1950-2019), Frankfurt am Main
Vermächtnis an das Städelsche Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt am Main, 2019.


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