May 20, 2021 - Sale 2569

Sale 2569 - Lot 83

Price Realized: $ 11,700
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 6,000 - $ 8,000
Stele du Mignon.

Oil, basalt and resin on canvas, 1963. 1004x807 mm; 39 1/2x31 3/4 inches. Signed, Castel, dated, 1963, and inscribed as titled, on verso.

Provenance: Lefebre Gallery, New York, Private collection, Great Neck, New York; Thence by descent to the current owner.

Work from this period in Castel's career resulted after the artist visited ancient synagogues in Galilee constructed of basalt stone. The relief carvings he witnessed there gave him inspiration. He then developed a method of grinding basalt, then fixing it into shaped forms using resins.