MAURICE SENDAK (1928-2012) "Give and Take." Study for page 15 of Thanks & Giving All Year Long by Marlo Thomas and Friends (New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2004). Graphite on artist acetate paper. 280x215 mm; 11x8 1/2 inches, on 12x9-inch sheet. Unsigned, but dated "June 22, 2004" in the artist's hand at lower right. Hinged to matte at upper edge and archivally framed. Accompanied by a copy of the book.
Provenance: Gifted to Lynn Caponera by the artist; Private collection, New York.
The finished watercolor was Sendak's contribution to the book, which was a cumulative celebration of original donated texts, illustrated art, music, et cetera on behalf of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The hospital was founded by Ms. Thomas' father, Danny Thomas, in 1962. The original watercolor is in Ms. Thomas' personal collection.