Skinner Auction | American & European Works of Art
Skinner begins the fall season with a two-day auction of American & European Works of Art, offering a wide variety of prints, photographs, paintings and sculpture from Old Master through Contemporary.
Signed and dated “NORMAN LEWIS. 66” l.l.
Oil on canvas, 38 x 56 in. (96.5 x 142.2 cm), unstretched, unframed.
Condition: Prominent craquelure and flaking with losses, rippling resulting from being rolled.
Provenance: Private collection, Massachusetts.
N.B. By the mid-1940s, New York painter Norman Lewis had abandoned the figurative, social realist style that he had pursued earlier in his career for abstraction. He employed broad, gestural brushstrokes and looked to diverse sources for inspiration, including music, nature, the work of other modern and contemporary artists, and issues of social justice and equality. By the early 1960s, his paintings had lost most representational associations, though his rhythmic arrangements of straight and curvilinear lines certainly hint at the figural. This painting is a splendid example of the artist’s mature style, characterized by calligraphic brushstrokes and brilliant color. In 1963, Lewis helped to form Spiral, a group of African American artists including Romare Bearden, Felrath Hines, and Hale Woodruff, that was concerned with their roles in the civil rights movement and the art world in general. The collective had disbanded by 1966, the year Lewis painted this work; however, he remained concerned with his position as an African American artist associated with Abstract Expressionist art.
Join department specialists for a reception of wine and hors d’oeuvres at 5PM and Fine Prints, Multiples, & Photographs auction beginning at 6:00 pm. The preview for the Friday session will remain open throughout Thursday’s auction. The festivities continue the next day with a petite brunch of pastries and mimosas at 10:30 AM followed by the auction of Fine Paintings & Sculpture at noon.
September 25, 12PM – 5PM
September 26, 12PM – 8PM