Apr 06, 2017 - Sale 2442

Sale 2442 - Lot 169

Price Realized: $ 106,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 60,000 - $ 90,000
HUGHIE LEE-SMITH (1915 - 1999)

Oil on linen canvas, 1995. 1067x1270 mm; 42x50 inches. Signed in oil, lower right.

Provenance: the estate of the artist; thence by descent to the current owner.

Exhibited: Hughie Lee-Smith: An Overview, The Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, New Jersey, October 15 - November 26, 1995; Hughie Lee-Smith, A Retrospective, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, Maine, July 1 - August 1, 1997 (traveling exhibition); June Kelly Gallery, New York, with the label on the frame back.

This large and beautiful canvas epitomizes the Surrealism found in Hughie Lee-Smith's late-career painting. Silhouette represents the final period of Lee-Smith's body of work - his enigmatic and isolated figues are now actors on a landscape stage full of intrigue and beauty.