Tom Wesselmann - Giant Candle
by Tom Wesselmann
Giant Candle "Sunset Nude with Palm Trees"
Smell created by Givaudan : Figue Limoges porcelain
Made in France
1500g - 16cm in diameter
Ligne Blanche Paris
This candle was created to celebrate Tom Wesselmann's fourth solo exhibition with Almine Rech Gallery, on view from June 11 to July 30, 2022.
'Tom Wesselmann (1931-2004) forged his distinctive, figurative fusion of color and line through a longtime engagement with Matisse. Wesselmann first learned about the French master while studying at Cooper Union (1956–59), where his teacher Nicholas Marsicano encouraged him “to find your own way. . . You can’t do what Matisse did.”
Wesselmann’s goal to bypass De Kooning and find his own direction was satisfied by his adaptations of the controlled, precise contours; bold, flat colors; and sensual imagery popularized by Matisse. The exhibition of Matisse’s cut-outs in 1961 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, may have reaffirmed his interest in Matisse as a precedent for exploring variations of a subject in serial form.'