Feb 14, 2013 - Sale 2303

Sale 2303 - Lot 73

Price Realized: $ 36,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 20,000 - $ 30,000
BEAUFORD DELANEY (1901 - 1979)

Oil on linen canvas, 1964. 470x337 mm; 18 1/2x13 1/4 inches. Signed, dated and inscribed "Paris" in oil, verso.

Provenance: the artist; Louise Taylor, St. Michael, MD; Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York (1999); John Axelrod, Boston (1999); the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2011).

Exhibited: Selections from the Collection of John P. Axelrod, Addison Gallery of American Art, Philips Exeter Academy, Andover, MA, August 31 - October 31, 1999; Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, 1999, with the labels on the frame back.

This modern self-portrait is a striking example of an important body of work--Beauford Delaney made self-portraits throughout his career, from the 1930s through the 1970s. This work is done at the height of his Paris period, the same year as Delaney's solo exhibition at Galerie Lambert in Paris, where he showed both portraits and abstract canvases. There is another 1964 self-portrait, with a cigarette on a yellow background, in the collection of the Reinfrank family, and a very similar Self-Portrait, 1965, in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art and illustrated on the cover of David Leeming's biography, Amazing Grace: a Life of Beauford Delaney