Mundane objects become erotic in Tom Wesselmann’s Bedroom Painting No. 15. The shiny orange and the bright yellow pillow that dominate the composition coyly resemble women’s breasts, while an extended pink foot with painted toenails suggests a lounging female nude. The rose and the lover’s photograph are romantic symbols, but they too become highly suggestive. For example, the photograph—a self-portrait—positions the artist and the viewer as voyeurs of the seductive scene. With his early interest in cartoons, Wesselmann developed a talent for simplified and colorful imagery that seamlessly blends commercial and sexual desires.



  • Title: Bedroom Painting No. 15
  • Creator: Tom Wesselmann
  • Creator Lifespan: 1931/2004
  • Creator Nationality: American
  • Creator Gender: Male
  • Creator Death Place: New York City, NY
  • Creator Birth Place: Cincinnati, OH
  • Date: 1968/1970
  • Location Created: New York, United States
  • Provenance: Sidney Janis, New York, New York, 1970; Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.; Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. to the Chrysler Museum, 1977.
  • Physical Dimensions: 84 1/4 x 119 1/4 in. (214 x 302.9 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: © Estate of Tom Wesselmann / Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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