Oct 07, 2010 - Sale 2224

Sale 2224 - Lot 49

Estimate: $ 120,000 - $ 180,000
BEAUFORD DELANEY (1901 - 1979)
Untitled (Yellow, Green and White Abstraction).

Oil on canvas, circa 1959. 1073x953 mm; 42 1/4x37 1/2 inches. Signed and inscribed with the artist's address "R. P. Valliant Couturier, Clamart, Seine" in oil, verso.

Provenance: Galerie Paul Facchetti, Paris; private collection, Paris; Galerie Binoche, Paris; Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York; private collection, 2001, with the Facchetti and Rosenfeld labels on the frame back.

Exhibited: Beauford Delaney, Galerie Facchetti, Paris, June 21, 1960.

Beauford Delaney made this superb abstraction during the height of his Parisian period. His masterful intertwining of gold, green and yellow paint reflects Delaney's growing boldness during his period with Paul Facchetti Gallery. It was one of 15 oil paintings exhibited in the artist's first solo exhibition there in the spring of 1960; according to Patricia Sue Canterbury, "the exhibition was a defining moment in the artist's career, as Facchetti's was the most important gallery in France with which Delaney ever exhibited." Beauford Delaney lived at 28 rue Paul Valliant in the Parisian suburb of Clamart from Janaury 1956 until the fall of 1960. Canterbury p. 59.