Sep 22, 2022 - Sale 2614

Sale 2614 - Lot 114

Price Realized: $ 1,875
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,200 - $ 1,800
Portrait of a Man.

Silverpoint and color pencils on paper. 360x240 mm; 14 1/8x9 1/2 inches. Signed in pencil, lower right recto.

Provenance: Private collection, South Carolina.

The technique of silverpoint drawing linked Stella (1877-1946) to the Old Masters and allowed him to attain thin, light capturing lines. The medium was rarely used, as it requires precise handling (it cannot be erased) and an abrasive ground. Stella used zinc white gouache to prepare his paper which also gave the illusion that his subjects floated in space.