Tom Wesselmann is considered one of the major artists of New York Pop Art, along with Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. Best known for his 1960s series “Great American Nude,” which featured flat figures in an intense palette of red, white, blue, and other patriotic colors, Wesselmann, in an effort to reject Abstract Expressionism, made collages and assemblages that incorporated everyday objects and advertising ephemera. In the early 1980s, he produced his first "Metal Works,” in which he shaped canvases and cut metal to create abstract three-dimensional images. In his final years, Wesselmann returned to the female form in the “Sunset Nudes” series, where the compositions, abstract imagery, and sanguine moods recall the odalisques of Henri Matisse.
Works by Tom Wesselmann are found in major private and public collections, including Art Institute of Chicago; Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.; The Museum of Modem Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain; and Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany