Apr 22, 2021 - Sale 2565

Sale 2565 - Lot 117

Price Realized: $ 81,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 50,000 - $ 75,000
NORMAN LEWIS (1909 - 1979)
Untitled (Abstraction in Red and Blue).

Oil on thick wove paper, circa 1973. 736x1041 mm; 29x41 inches. Signed in ink, lower right.

Provenance: private collection, New York; thence by descent to a private collection, California.

This large work on paper is an excellent example of Norman Lewis's final body of work in abstraction. Norman Lewis added more high key and saturated colors in his painting after a visit with his wife Ouida to Jack Whitten's residence in Crete in the summer of 1973. The development of the Seachange series with more abstract compositions of vibrating, concentric circles followed in 1975. That year he was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship, and the following year in the fall of 1976, Lewis had his first retrospective, with 63 artworks included in Norman Lewis: A Retrospective, at The Graduate School and University Center of City College, New York. Fine pp. 181, 245-46 and 267.