Apr 07, 2016 - Sale 2409

Sale 2409 - Lot 32

Price Realized: $ 87,500
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Estimate: $ 40,000 - $ 60,000
NORMAN LEWIS (1909 - 1979)
Untitled (Processional Figure Composition).

Oil, pen and ink on cream wove paper, 1956. 660x1015 mm; 26x40 inches. Signed and dated "June, 1956" in ink, lower left.

Provenance: acquired directly from the artist, New York; private collection, New York.

This complex and expressive work on paper is a superb example of Norman Lewis' evolving calligraphy of "little figures" in the mid-1950s.

The paper size, 26x40 inches, is the largest format that the artist used for works on paper; this is the first work of this size from the 1950s to come to auction.