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AVEL DE KNIGHT (1921 - 1996) Untitled.
Casein on board, circa 1973. 191x191mm; 7 1/2x7 1/2 inches. Signed in oil, lower right. From the Mirage series.
Provenance: private collection, New York.
Raised in New York City by Caribbean parents, Avel de Knight studied art through his teenage years and high school. After enlisting in the U.S. Army during World War II, he continued his studies at the École des Beaux-Arts, the Académie de la Grande Chaumière and the Académie Julian in Paris with other artists such as Herbert Gentry and Romare Bearden. Once he returned to the United States in the 1960s, he taught at the Art Students League of New York. At this time, de Knight began his Mirage series where he visually recorded his appreciation for the power and wisdom of the collective unconscious through his art. His work is found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, National Academy of Design, New York, the Chrysler Museum of Art in Virginia, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York and the Robert Hull Fleming Museum in Vermont.