Jan 25, 2024 - Sale 2657

Sale 2657 - Lot 104

Price Realized: $ 3,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,500 - $ 3,500

CHARLES ALSTON (1907-1977)

Charcoal on thin paper. 330x274 mm; 13x10⅞ inches. Signed in pencil, lower right. Circa late 1930s.

Provenance: the estate of Ray Blanco; private collection, New Jersey.

This modern sketch by Charles Alston is potentially a study for Magic in Medicine: Study for the Harlem Hospital Mural, New York City, 1936, or one of the other murals he executed in the late 1930s. The woman depicted is structured after the African objets d'art Alston had studied - a wellspring of inspiration that pushed his practice forward. Alston was a proclaimed disciple of Alain Locke, the acknowledged "Dean" of the Harlem Renaissance. The aesthetic choices are reminiscent of Alston's Girl in a Red Dress, 1934, and Tobacco Farmer, 1940.