Oct 03, 2013 - Sale 2323

Sale 2323 - Lot 36

Price Realized: $ 1,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
LARRY POTTER (1925 - 1966)
Untitled (Abstract Composition).

Gouache on tan wove paper, circa 1958. 305x230 mm; 12x9 inches.

Provenance: the estate of the artist; Herbert Gentry; gift to a private collection, New York.

Larry Potter was among the second wave of young African-American artists to move to Paris after World War II, joining Ed Clark, Beauford Delaney, Herbert Gentry and Barbara Chase-Riboud, among others. Potter was born in New York and grew up in Harlem. Potter may have been inspired to travel to Paris by his good friend Bob Blackburn for whom he managed the Printmaking Workshop while Blackburn was in Paris in 1953. Potter lived there continuously after 1958. He showed his abstract paintings in Paris in 1964, and with other African-American artists in Copenhagen in 1964. He died suddenly of an asthma attack at the age of only 40. Mercer p. 84.