HUGHIE LEE-SMITH (1915 - 1999) Man with White Flag.
Oil on linen canvas, 1987. 914x1270 mm; 36 1/4x50 inches. Signed in oil, lower left.
Provenance: the estate of the artist; thence by descent to the current owner.
Exhibited: June Kelly Gallery, New York, with the label on the frame back; Two Master Painters: Clarence Carter & Hughie Lee-Smith, New Jersey Center for Visual Arts, Summit, NJ, September 13 - October 25, 1992; Hughie Lee-Smith: An Overview, 1949 - 1995, The Gallery at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, New Jersey, October 15 - November 26, 1995.
Illustrated: The Sunday Star Ledger, October, 11, 1992.
This large and striking canvas epitomizes the Surrealism found in Hughie Lee-Smith's late-career painting. This sun-drenched scene juxtaposes an older white man walking and carrying a white flag with a distant, younger African American man playing with a beach ball in a park. Both appear very separated, divided by a neo-classical stone park wall. The discordant pairing suggests the enigmatic Surrealism of a De Chirico painting or Fellini film. The peaceful atmosphere of the summer day is punctuated by a floating frisbee. Man with White Flag 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.