Apr 02, 2015 - Sale 2378

Sale 2378 - Lot 19

Estimate: $ 6,000 - $ 9,000
BEAUFORD DELANEY (1901 - 1979)
Untitled (Portrait of a Young Man).

Color pastels and charcoal on gray, textured wove paper, circa 1930-35. 597x445 mm; 23x17 1/2 inches. Signed in charcoal, lower left.

Provenance: acquired directly from the artist's brother Joseph Delaney; private collection.

This sensitive portrait is an early work by Beauford Delaney likely made soon after he moved from his native Tennessee to New York in 1930. His first solo exhibition was Exhibit of Portrait Sketches by Beauford Delaney that year was at the 135th Street Branch of the New York Public Library, and included five pastel and 10 charcoal portraits. Canterbury p. 125.