Feb 23, 2010 - Sale 2203

Sale 2203 - Lot 76

Price Realized: $ 55,200
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 50,000 - $ 75,000
NORMAN LEWIS (1909 - 1979)
Midnight Carnaval.

Watercolor, pen and ink on paper, 1960. 660x1015 mm; 26x40 inches. Signed and dated in pencil, lower right recto. Titled in pencil, upper left verso.

Provenance: the artist, New York; thence by descent to the artist's wife, Ouida Lewis, Oklahoma; private collection, New York; private collection, New York.

A large, complex and masterful painting on paper, Norman Lewis's Midnight Carnaval is a culmination of his important works on paper and his inventive calligraphy of small dancing figures through the 1950s. This is one of the finest and the largest works on paper by the artist to come to auction.