Apr 07, 2016 - Sale 2409

Sale 2409 - Lot 18

Price Realized: $ 149,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 60,000 - $ 90,000
NORMAN LEWIS (1909 - 1979)

Oil on masonite board, 1947. 450x375 mm; 17 3/4x14 3/4 inches. Signed and dated in oil, lower right.

Provenance: acquired directly from the artist, New York; private collection, New York.

This beautiful oil reveals the range of Norman Lewis' early experimentation within the abstract idiom in the late 1940s. In 1947 Norman Lewis did a series of these small abstract paintings on board. Two other paintings from this series - Florence and Shapes - were included in the exhibition From the Margins: Lee Krasner / Norman Lewis, 1945 - 1952 at the Jewish Museum. All three paintings on masonite have a central composition with a variety of mark-making surrounded by a halo of monochromatic color. The previous year Norman Lewis had joined the Willard Gallery which would represent him for the next eighteen years. Kleeblatt/Brown pp. 42-43.