Oct 18, 2012 - Sale 2290

Sale 2290 - Lot 49

Price Realized: $ 4,800
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
ERNEST CRICHLOW (1914 - 2005)

Oil on cardstock board, 1951. 520x280 mm; 20 1/2x11 inches. Signed and dated in oil, lower right.

Provenance: ACA Gallery, New York, with gallery labels on the verso; private Pennsylvania collection.

This fine oil is one of the earliest paintings by this New York social realist painter and printmaker to come to auction, and epitomizes his expressiveness. Crichlow captured the anxiety of the time through the figures and faces of the younger generation--another 1951 example is his sensitive lithograph, Cissy. Ernest Crichlow showed at ACA Gallery in a 1956 group exhibition, Negro History Week, and later had his first solo exhibition there in 1960.