Apr 02, 2015 - Sale 2378

Sale 2378 - Lot 68

Price Realized: $ 5,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
ELLIS WILSON (1899 - 1977)
Still Life.

Oil on masonite board, circa 1960. 700x635 mm; 27 1/2x25 inches. Signed in oil, lower right.

Provenance: private collection, New York.

This still life is a large example of Wilson's painting made in New York, after his famous Haitian period. Wilson returned to his Manhattan studio apartment where he continued to paint in the spring and summer. Wilson, however, struggled to make a living and continued to work at manual labor jobs in New York and paint on the side until his death in 1977. His paintings are now found in museum collections, including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC, the Amistad Reserach Center, Howard University and the North Carolina Museum of Art. (Haitian) Funeral Procession became his most celebrated work when it became an integral part of the set on The Cosby Show in 1985. Henderson/Bearden pp. 337-343.