Oct 05, 2017 - Sale 2456

Sale 2456 - Lot 125

Price Realized: $ 52,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 50,000 - $ 75,000
HUGHIE LEE-SMITH (1915 - 1999)
The Encounter.

Oil on linen canvas, 1991. 762x914 mm; 30x36 inches. Signed in oil, lower right.

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

Exhibited: Hughie Lee-Smith: A Retrospective, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Ogunquit, Maine, July 1 - August 1, 1997 (traveling exhibition); Stella Jones Gallery, New Orleans, with the label on the frame back.

The Encounter is a wonderful example from his final period of painting where Lee-Smith's enigmatic figues are now actors on a landscape stage full of intrigue and beauty.