Sep 15, 2015 - Sale 2390

Sale 2390 - Lot 1

Price Realized: $ 5,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000
CHARLES SEBREE (1914 - 1985)
Untitled (Boy with a Pearl).

Color crayons, gouache and ink on thin wove paper, mounted on cardstock, circa 1940. 127x148 mm; 5x5 7/8 inches. Signed in ink, lower right.

Provenance: the estate of Dr. Maya Angelou.

Charles Sebree is best known for these enigmatic depictions of romantic, harlequin-like figures inspired by the theater and the art of Rouault and Picasso. Born in Kentucky, Sebree emerged as a member of the Chicago art scene, working for the Illinois Federal Art Project in the WPA easel painting division from 1936-38. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, and taught at the Southside Community Art Center with Margaret Burroughs and Eldzier Cortor before moving to New York in 1940. Today, his work is found in the collections of the St. Louis Art Museum, Howard University and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.