Apr 06, 2023 - Sale 2632

Sale 2632 - Lot 28

Price Realized: $ 11,875
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 15,000

Oil on linen canvas, 1962. 406x559 mm; 16x22 inches. Signed and dated in oil, lower right.

Provenance: acquired directly from the artist, private collection, Washington, DC (1967); hence by descent, private collection.

This impastoed, colorful canvas shows James Lesesne Wells continued experimentation and increased expressionism with oil painting in the postwar period. Wells also made an earlier, untitled linoleum cut of the same composition - an impression dated circa 1949 is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.