Tom Wesselmann (1931–2004) was one of the leading American Pop artists of the 1960s. Departing from Abstract Expressionism, he explored classical representations of the nude, still life, and landscape, while incorporating everyday objects and advertising ephemera.
Wesselman made mostly collages of household appliances, such as television sets and fridge doors. Sometimes even sound effects are added to the work. Wesselman also made many paintings, drawings and prints with a sexual charge. In 1961 Wesselman started the series 'Great American Nude', in which the naked woman is central. In these paintings, the emphasis in color is on her nipples, mouth or genitals. In other works he isolated parts of the body even further, as in his Smoker series, in which only the mouth was depicted on large canvases. From the 80s, Wesselmans also started making large cutouts from sheets of steel and aluminum.