Jun 24, 2010 - Sale 2219

Sale 2219 - Lot 12

Price Realized: $ 12,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 15,000 - $ 25,000
NORMAN LEWIS (1909 - 1979)
Conversation (Two Abstract Heads).

Color pastel crayons, wash, pen and ink, 1945. 317x400 mm; 12 1/2x15 3/4 inches. Signed and dated in ink, lower right.

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

Exhibited: Visions of America: A Black Perspective, ACA Galleries, New York, January 19 - March 2, 2002, with the label on the frame back, with the title Abstract Self-Portrait.

Norman Lewis's Conversation is an early figurative study within abstraction, made just at the end of World War II. His lean, angular use of line as both a framing device and a Cubist contour is evident in other works from 1945. This drawing reveals the expressive side of Lewis's transition to abstraction in the mid-1940s.