Jun 04, 2020 - Sale 2535

Sale 2535 - Lot 13

Price Realized: $ 4,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
CHARLES ALSTON (1907 - 1977)
Cotton Club Dancer.

Sepia ink and wash with pencil on buff wove paper, 1933. 267x216 mm; 10 1/2x8 1/2 inches. Signed and dated in pencil, lower right.

Provenance: the estate of the artist; private collection, New York.

Exhibited: Randall Galleries, Ltd., New York; Charles Alston: Artist and Teacher, Kenkeleba Gallery, New York, May 13 - July 1, 1990,with the labels on the frame back.

This captivating and intimate study of a Harlem dancer is a very scarce example of Charles Alston's early New York work. Alston received his Masters of Arts degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1931. It is one of the earliest artworks of Alston to come to auction.