Oct 18, 2012 - Sale 2290

Sale 2290 - Lot 68

Price Realized: $ 8,400
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 12,000
BEAUFORD DELANEY (1901 - 1979)
Untitled (Pink Abstract).

Watercolor on Arches paper, 1964. 572x394 mm; 22 1/2x15 1/2 inches. Signed, inscribed "Paris" and dated "July 1964" in blue ink, lower right.

Provenance: ex-collection Al Hirschfield, New York; Phillipe Briet, New York (1989); private New York collection (1991).

Much of Delaney's 1964 work was dominated by his fascination with light, and its key emiting color, yellow. Delaney referred to it as 'the most difficult year of [his] life." He described in a May 21st letter to Henry Miller that it 'intensifies itself and some of the years of groping begin to take root in color and form—the human situation invades and pours..." Delaney evokes both the changing of light as it turns toward sunset, and his return to drinking that year. Leeming p. 162.