Apr 02, 2015 - Sale 2378

Sale 2378 - Lot 55

Price Realized: $ 3,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 5,000
Head of Dancer.

Oil on linen canvas, circa 1950-60. 406x305 mm; 16x12 inches. Signed "G. Knight L." in oil, lower left, recto. Signed "Lawrence" in oil, across verso, and "By Gwen Knight" and titled in ink and pen (twice), upper stretcher bar, verso.

Provenance: private collection, New York.

Head of Dancer is a wonderful example of Gwen Knight's rather enigmatic oil painting. In the 1950s, Knight studied dance with members of Martha Graham's dance company in New York. At the same time, as her husband Jacob Lawrence received national acclaim, Knight pursued her own figurative painting without gallery exposure.