Dec 10, 2020 - Sale 2554

Sale 2554 - Lot 162

Price Realized: $ 25,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 25,000 - $ 35,000
HUGHIE LEE-SMITH (1915 - 1999)
Untitled (Study of a Woman in a Landscape).

Oil and pencil on linen canvas, 1991. 457x559 mm; 18x22 inches. Signed in oil, lower left.

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

This painting epitomizes the optimisim found in Hughie Lee-Smith's late-career painting. The peaceful atmosphere of the expansive sky above a coastal landscape is punctuated only by the movement of the billowing clouds and fluttering hair of the young woman. This work represents the final period of Lee-Smith's body of work - his enigmatic and isolated figures are now actors in landscapes full of intrigue and beauty.