Apr 22, 2021 - Sale 2565

Sale 2565 - Lot 140

Price Realized: $ 68,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 25,000 - $ 35,000
HUGHIE LEE-SMITH (1915 - 1999)
The Balance.

Oil on cotton canvas, 1981. 584x838 mm; 23x33 inches. Signed in oil, lower left.

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

The Balance is a beautiful and evocative painting that demonstrates Lee-Smith's continued exploration of both surrealism and the depiction of modern isolation into his late career. As depicted in his The Juggler #1. 1961, collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Two Boys, 1968, collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Lee-Smith conitnues to develop the symbolic imagery of balancing with figures standing on top of concrete walls in his paintings.