Feb 06, 2007 - Sale 2102

Sale 2102 - Lot 55

Price Realized: $ 28,800
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 6,000 - $ 9,000
BEAUFORD DELANEY (1901 - 1978)
Untitled (Portrait of a Young Black Woman).

Color pastels on gray, textured wove paper, circa 1950. 650x505 mm; 25 1/2x20 inches. Repaired short edge tears.

Provenance: Acquired directly from the artist's brother Joseph Delaney, with a letter of authentication; private Texas collection.

Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Beauford Delaney moved to Boston in 1923 studying art at the Massachusetts Normal School, the Copley Society and the South Boston School of Art. In 1929, Delaney moved to New York City and, like his brother Joseph, studied briefly at the Arts Students League with John Sloan and Thomas Hart Benton. His paintings of the 1940s and early 1950s consist largely of portraits and landscapes from his New York surroundings. Delaney was very much a part of the bohemian Greenwich Village scene, and was friends with writers James Baldwin and Henry Miller, and artists Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O'Keefe, and Al Hirshfeld.