Nov 16, 2021 - Sale 2588

Sale 2588 - Lot 32

Price Realized: $ 750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
Noble Lady.

Etching on cream wove paper, 1953-55. 500x405 mm; 19 3/4x15 7/8 inches, full margins. An early proof impression, aside from the published edition of 20. Signed and titled "Portrait" in pencil, lower margin. Printed at Atelier 17, New York. A brilliant, richly-inked, early impression of this extremely scarce proof.

According to Baro, "The artist printed an unknown number of proofs as Portrait on various papers at Atelier 17."

Provenance: Albert Argentieri, New Jersey, friend of the artist; thence by descent, private collection, New Jersey.

During the 1950s and 1960s, Argentieri, a photographer and artist, lived near Louise Nevelson (1899-1988) and her assistant, Ted Haseltine, his dear friend. Albert photographed Louise, her artworks and sculptures. When staying in New Jersey, both Albert and Ted would collect wooden pieces from abandoned buildings and other locations for Nevelson to use in her sculptures. The early etchings and drawings she gifted to Argentieri are unique. Baro 19.