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NORMAN LEWIS (1909 - 1979) Untitled (Processional Composition).
Oil and ink on cream wove paper, 1952. 565x749 mm; 22 1/4x29 1/2 inches. Signed, dated "2-8-52" and inscribed "To Joanie" in ink, lower right.
Provenance: private collection, New York; private collection, Massachusetts, acquired at Swann Galleries, April 2, 2015.
This complex processional drawing is an excellent example of Norman Lewis' important works on paper in the early 1950s. His inventive calligraphy of small dancing figures inhabit his paintings and works on paper for the next decade. His works on paper from this seminal abstract period incorporate both these newer "ritual" figures with the dry brush atmospheric technique he favored in the early 1950s, melding them into a complex promenade.