Feb 17, 2009 - Sale 2169

Sale 2169 - Lot 39

Estimate: $ 18,000 - $ 22,000
HUGHIE LEE-SMITH (1915 - 1999)
Untitled (Portrait of Girl with Hand Raised).

Oil on masonite, 1951. 290x230 mm; 11 1/2x9 inches. Incised signature and date in oil, upper left recto. Signed and inscribed "241 Theodore #2 Detroit 2, Mich." in oil, verso.

Provenance: the artist; private collection, Birmingham, MI; Lois Pincus, Art Space, Birmingham, MI; private Detroit collection.

In the early 1950s, Lee-Smith returned to Detroit from Chicago, worked in an automobile factory, and enrolled at Wayne State University. His address on the painting is just a few blocks from both Wayne State, where he earned a B.S. degree in 1953, and the Detroit Institute of Art, where he was awarded multiple painting prizes in the early 1950s.