Jun 24, 2010 - Sale 2219

Sale 2219 - Lot 39

Price Realized: $ 1,560
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,200 - $ 1,800
VINCENT D. SMITH (1929 - 2003)
A Moment Supreme.

Etching, 1972. 220x275 mm; 8 3/4x10 3/4 inches, full margins. Signed and numbered 30/35 in pencil, lower margin. Printed at Robert Blackburn's Printmaking Workshop, New York. A superb, dark impression of this scarce print.

On July 17, 1967, the jazz world was stunned when John Coltrane died from liver cancer at the age of 40. This etching evokes a stirring scene, recalling the funeral service for Coltrane on July 21st at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in New York City, when both the Ornette Coleman and the Albert Ayler quartets performed.

Vincent Dacosta Smith's art career was defined by his relationship to jazz since the 1950s. "During the day I painted and at night I went to the jazz clubs," Smith told the Amsterdam News. He was very much a part of the "downtown scene"--a regular in clubs, where he befriended such jazz musicians as Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Art Blakely and Max Roach. St. James p. 500.