Apr 22, 2021 - Sale 2565

Sale 2565 - Lot 123

Price Realized: $ 16,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,000
DELILAH W. PIERCE (1904 - 1992)
Nebulae Patterns, #2.

Oil on linen canvas, circa 1982. 609x406 mm; 20x18 inches. Signed in oil, lower right recto. Signed, titled and dated in ink, verso on the upper stretcher bar.

Provenance: Galerie Myrtis, Baltimore, MD; private collection, California

Delilah Pierce emerged as a pioneering abstract painter and part of the Washington, DC school of color field painting in the late 1950s. Born in Washington, DC, she received her bachelor's degree from Howard University, where she studied under Loïs Mailou Jones and James Lesesne Wells, then attained a master's degree from Columbia University. Active as both an artist and art educator, she exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Barnett-Aden Gallery in Washington, DC through the late 1960s. Her paintings were in both the Barnett-Aden and the Evan-Tibbs collections, and are now in the permanent collections of the Howard University Art Gallery and the University of the District of Columbia.