NORMAN LEWIS (1909 - 1979) Untitled (Ritual Figures on Tan Ground).
Oil and ink on paper, circa 1960. 400x305 mm; 15 3/4x12 inches. Signed in ink, lower left.
Provenance: gift of the artist to Alice Hoecker, New York, circa 1953; acquired in 2004 from her estate; private collection, New York. Alice Hoecker was a painting student of Norman Lewis's at the Art Students League, and a friend of his from 1947 through 1954.
Lewis's elongated calligraphic figures form an orderly procession, with his series of lines emphasizing an intense and deliberate command of direction and destination.