Oct 04, 2018 - Sale 2487

Sale 2487 - Lot 43

Price Realized: $ 6,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 5,000
MINNIE EVANS (1892 - 1987)

Color crayons and pencils on wove paper, 1955. 305x229 mm; 12x9 inches. Signed in pencil, and traced in pen and ink, lower right.

Provenance: Sacks Fine Art, New York; private collection, New York (1993).

North Carolina artist Minnie Evans is known for these colorful, visionary images drawn in crayon, pencils and watercolor on paper. Evans, who worked as a housekeeper in Wrightsville Beach and then Airlie Gardens in Wilmington as a gatekeeper, believed she heard a divine voice on Good Friday, 1935, telling her to draw. Evans went on to create over a thousand works on paper with symmetrical and surreal compositions of faces, flora and fauna. Brought to national prominence by the photographer Nina Howell Starr in the 1960s and a 1969 Newsweek article, Evans had a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1975.