Oct 18, 2012 - Sale 2290

Sale 2290 - Lot 50

Price Realized: $ 15,600
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 15,000
ELLIS WILSON (1899 - 1977)
Boy Seated on a Chair.

Oil on masonite board, circa 1950. 762x355 mm; 30x14 inches. Signed in oil, lower right.

Provenance: private New York collection.

Ellis Wilson was born in Kentucky and trained at the Art Institute of Chicago in the 1920s. He moved to New York in 1928, where he was a regular exhibitor in important early exhibitions by African-American artists. Between 1941 and 1944, Wilson worked in an aircraft factory. His fellow workers became the subjects of several paintings that he submitted with his application for a Guggenheim Fellowship, which he won in 1944. Using the financial resources of his fellowship, Wilson traveled throughout the South, painting black workers. Wilson traveled to Haiti in 1952 on the first of several visits that resulted in a large body of work in his later, more abstract style.