Oct 06, 2022 - Sale 2616

Sale 2616 - Lot 27

Price Realized: $ 4,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
CHARLES SEBREE (1914 - 1985)
Untitled (Portrait).

Tempera on masonite board, 1947-48. 323x250 mm; 12 3/4x 9 7/8 inches. Signed and dated indistinctly in pencil, verso.

Provenance: collection of the artist; gifted to the artist Harold Cousins, thence by descent to private collection; private collection, New York.

Charles Sebree is best known for his 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 Gallery of Art and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.