May 02, 2024 - Sale 2667

Sale 2667 - Lot 48

Price Realized: $ 1,375
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000

Oil on canvas, circa 1945. 305x405 mm; 12¼x16 inches. Signed, Rattner, lower left and right, and countersigned in oil, lower left, and on verso.

Provenance: Private collection, Chicago.

Rattner (1895-1978) was born in Poughkeepsie, New York to a Russian-Jewish father and a Romanian-Jewish mother. He initially intended to be an architect, attending George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Deciding instead to concentrate on painting, he then went on to study art at the Corcoran School of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. After college, he served in the U.S. Army's American Camouflage Corps (his unit's commanding officer was Homer Saint-Gaudens, son of sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens). Following the war, Rattner lived in Paris from 1920 to 1940, absorbing the influence of both the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, as well as contemporaries including Pablo Picasso and Georges Rouault. This early abstract work by Rattner, one of a handful of American artists who worked in Paris at the time and bridged early 20th century modernist European movements such as Cubism with mid-century American Abstract Expressionism, was likely made in Paris or soon after his return to New York in the early 1940s. Rattner also taught fine art at , including The New School, New York (1947–55), and Yale University, New Haven (1952–53).