Feb 17, 2009 - Sale 2169

Sale 2169 - Lot 42

Price Realized: $ 52,800
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 50,000 - $ 75,000
BEAUFORD DELANEY (1901 - 1979)
Distant Horizons (New Dimensions).

Oil on canvas, 1952. 406x508 mm; 16x20 inches. Signed and dated in oil, lower left.

Provenance: the artist, New York; Carl L. Leeds, New York; Robert Abramson, New York. In June of 1953, Carl Leeds won this painting at a raffle: "At some point during the summer, Delaney's friends gathered at a fund-raiser organized by the Roko Gallery to help finance the artist's trip abroad. The donation box appropriately was built in the shape of a boat, with each contributor getting a chance at a lottery. The door prize, like the donation box, was rife with symbolic significance, being Delaney's painting titled Distant Horizons." Leeds had been the owner of the painting for 55 years until his passing in 2007. Thanks to the late Phillipe Briet and his brother Sylvain Briet for establishing the details of the provenance, and to Patricia Canterbury for all her assistance. Canterbury pp. 48 and 69.

Exhibited: Roko Gallery, New York, 1952, with a label and an ink stamp on the frame back; Beauford Delaney: The New York Years (1929-1953), Philippe Briet Gallery, New York, April 9 - May 28, 1994; Beauford Delaney: From New York to Paris, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, November 21, 2004–February 20, 2005, Knoxville Museum of Art, Tennessee, April 16–June 25, 2005, Greenville County Museum of Art, South Carolina, July 30–October 8, 2005 and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, November 13, 2005–January 29, 2006, with the stickers on the back.

Illustrated: Patricia Canterbury, Beauford Delaney: From New York to Paris, fig. 16, p. 47.