Apr 02, 2015 - Sale 2378

Sale 2378 - Lot 136

Price Realized: $ 15,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 15,000
Classical Study, No. 36.

Oil on linen canvas, circa 1979. 254x254 mm; 10x10 inches. Signed in oil, lower right recto. Signed, titled and inscribed "oil" in ink, upper stretcher bar verso.

Provenance: acquired directly from the artist; private collection, New York; thence by descent to the current owner.

This beautiful profile is a small but jewel-like example of Eldzier Cortor's Classical Composition series, his series of paintings studying the beauty of the African-American woman. Cortor painted these Classical Composition or Classical Study paintings through the 1980s. They express an articulated sense of history with the accumulated surface of brushstrokes and paint, in addition to the focus on a figurative subject.