Jun 10, 2014 - Sale 2353

Sale 2353 - Lot 37

Price Realized: $ 10,625
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 5,000 - $ 7,000
ERNIE BARNES (1938 - 2009)
Untitled (Football Game).

Oil on linen canvas, circa 1966-70. 1220x1270 mm; 48x50 inches. Signed in oil, lower right.

Provenance: the estate of Jack Palance, purchased at auction on October 14, 2007, with the estate sale label on the painting back. This large canvas is one of several purchased by Jack Palance early in the artist's career.

Barnes played professional football in the NFL in the late 1960s before beginning a celebrated career as a figurative painter and graphic artist. The artist was able to launch his career with the patronage of Sonny Werblin, owner of the New York Jets, and an acclaimed one person exhibition at Grand Central Art Galleries in 1968.