Jun 10, 2014 - Sale 2353

Sale 2353 - Lot 12

Price Realized: $ 30,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 12,000 - $ 18,000
NORMAN LEWIS (1909 - 1979)

Oil and ink on cream wove paper, 1954. 483x940 mm; 23x33 inches. Signed and dated in ink, lower left.

Provenance: acquired directly from the artist; thence by descent to the current owner, private collection, New York.

This dramatic and animated 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 composition.