Apr 05, 2018 - Sale 2472

Sale 2472 - Lot 65

Price Realized: $ 17,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 12,000
MERTON D. SIMPSON (1928 - 2013)

Oil on linen canvas, 1963. 1067x914 mm; 42x36 inches. Signed and dated in oil, lower right.

Provenance: the estate of the artist, New York; private collection, New Jersey.

Illustrated: Belinda Tate, "Merton Daniel Simpson, September 20, 1928 - March 9, 2013", The International Review of African American Art Plus.

This large canvas is an excellent example of Merton Simpson's refined abstraction of the early 1960s. His painting displayed a sophisticated aesthetic influenced by the Abstract Expressionism of New York, the modernism of Paris, and his love of improvisation in jazz. Later in 1963, Simpson's paintings became more political with his involvement in the Spiral Group, beginning with his subsequent 1964 Confrontation Series.