Oct 19, 2023 - Sale 2649

Sale 2649 - Lot 182

Price Realized: $ 25,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 25,000 - $ 35,000
ELDZIER CORTOR (1916 - 2015)
Two Women with Earrings.

Oil on linen canvas, 2005. 457x305 mm; 18x12 inches. Signed in oil, lower right recto. Signed, titled, dated and inscribed "oil/canvas" and "12x18" in ink on the upper stretcher bar, verso.

Provenance: estate of the artist, New York.

This elegant painting comes from the latter part of Eldzier Cortor's decades-long series celebrating the form and beauty of African American women. Cortor painted such figures in his Classical Composition and Classical Study series beginning in the 1960s and continued through the 2000s. Beyond his early academic training at the Art Institute of Chicago, these paintings show the influence of his study of African sculpture, 19th-century French painting, and his travels to the Sea Islands and West Indies. Unlike his social realist counterparts, Cortor investigated both the formalism and symbolism of the African American female figure.