Mar 22, 2018 - Sale 2470

Sale 2470 - Lot 250

Price Realized: $ 1,625
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 400 - $ 600
HIS OPINION ON THE INFLUENCE OF BLACK ARTISTS ON PAINTING IN THE U.S. LAWRENCE, JACOB. Typed Letter Signed, to Esther Krasny ("Dear Miss Krasny"), giving a statement of his recent thinking about the influence exerted by black artists on painting in the U.S. and the influences upon black artists in the U.S. 1 page, 4to, onionskin paper; folds. With the original envelope. Brooklyn, 4 November 1955

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". . . [A]lthough there are more Negroes painting today than ever before in America, (this, by the way, is not only true of the Negro. it is also a fact that there are more people painting in America today) [i]t is much too early for those of us who may have a particular interest in art trends and influences to tell exactly what contributions and influences any one particular racial or geographycal [sic] group may be exerting on our national cultural [sic]. That if the Negro painter is exerting any influence on American painting today it is the same way as the American painters Ben Shahn and Jack Levine, who happen to be Jewish, or Wilhelm DeKoenig [sic] and Theodoras [sic] Stamos, who happen to be of Dutch and Greek origin respectively. These artists are American; and as such influence the society in which they live as American painters, not as Jewish, Dutch or Greek painters. . . . [T]he extent to which the artist influences h[i]s society and the extent to which that society influences the artist, is determined by his (the artist) social, economic and geographycal background rather than his racial origin. . . ."