Apr 02, 2015 - Sale 2378

Sale 2378 - Lot 44

Price Realized: $ 7,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 12,000
HUGHIE LEE-SMITH (1915 - 1999)
Untitled (Winter Landscape).

Oil on masonite board, 1948. 438x539 mm; 17 1/4x21 1/4 inches. Incised signature and date in oil, lower left recto.

Provenance: Hudson's department store, Detroit, with the label on the frame back; private collection.

This unusual landscape by Lee-Smith has a sister landscape, Winter's Day, 1949, in the collection of Charles Storer, and illustrated in Leslie King-Hammond's monograph Hughie Lee-Smith. Both paintings have a wintry quietude and stillness, and lack even a hint of a human presence. Here Lee-Smith has focused on composition and color tonality within an elegant simplicity. King-Hammond p. 26, ill. 10.