Oct 08, 2019 - Sale 2518

Sale 2518 - Lot 70

Price Realized: $ 22,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000
VINCENT D. SMITH (1929 - 2003)
Untitled (Brownstone Stairs).

Oil and sand with collage on linen canvas, 1968. 864x711mm; 34x28 inches. Signed and dated in oil, lower right.

Provenance: Sheldon Ross Gallery, Birmingham, MI; Dr. Clarence P. Rogers, Detroit, MI; thence by descent to the current owner, private collection, Michigan (2006).

This significant Vincent Smith canvas shows how this expressive artist powerfully depicted the urban struggles of African-Americans. It also shows his fascinating introduction of collage elements into his late 1960s paintings. Here Smith uses the windows and stairs of a brownstone facade to compose one of his nocturnal scenes, with densely painted surfaces and paper collaged figures in each window.