Oct 07, 2021 - Sale 2581

Sale 2581 - Lot 106

Price Realized: $ 161,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 50,000 - $ 75,000
NORMAN LEWIS (1917 - 1979)

Oil on Arches paper, circa 1970s. 660x1054 mm; 29 1/2x41 1/2 inches.

Provenance: the estate of the artist; Bill Hodges Gallery, New York; Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, with their labels on the frame back; private collection, Pennsylvania.

Illustrated: Norman W. Lewis: Works on Paper, 1935 - 1979, Billl Hodges Gallery, New York, p. 24.

This beautiful abstraction is an excellent and painterly example of Norman Lewis's late career work on paper. This large sheet of Arches is one of the largest formats that the artist used for works on paper in the 1970s. 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.