Apr 07, 2016 - Sale 2409

Sale 2409 - Lot 37

Price Realized: $ 37,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 30,000 - $ 40,000
Untitled (Head of Woman).

Oil and oil monotype on cream wove paper, 1959. 349x267 mm; 13 3/4x10 1/2 inches (sheet). Signed and dated in pencil, lower right.

Provenance: acquired directly from the artist; private collection, New York.

Exhibited: Remembering Elizabeth Catlett, June Kelly Gallery, New York, January 24, 2014 - February 25, 2014.

Untitled (Head of a Woman) is a wonderful example of a unique work from Elizabeth Catlett's mid-career period. Works in oil - paintings and monotype - by Elizabeth Catlett are very scarce. We have located or found records of less than a dozen other paintings in private collections - most are small portraits in oil from her 1940s New York period. In the later Untitled (Head of a Woman), we have a fascinating and very rare moment of experimentation within the oil medium by Catlett. A sculptural quality can be found in the various mark-making and the flattening of the forms - similar to her iconic linoleum cut, Sharecropper, circa 1952. This is the first unique work on paper by the artist from the 1950s that we have located.