Feb 04, 2021 - Sale 2557

Sale 2557 - Lot 95

Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500

JAN MATULKA (1890-1972)

Park Landscape.
Watercolor, gouache and pencil on paper. 320x455 mm; 12 5/8x18 inches. Signed in pencil, lower left recto. Circa 1930.

Provenance: private collection, Chicago.

Matulka is known as one of the pioneers of early American abstraction, but continued to engage with painting landscapes, famously painting abstractions in the morning before turning to landscapes in the afternoon. Originally from Bohemia, he lived and worked in both Paris and New York where he became a teacher at the Art Students League. He particpated in the Federal Art Project between 1935-39, where he created the mural "Synthesis of American Music and History."