Feb 13, 2014 - Sale 2338

Sale 2338 - Lot 24

Price Realized: $ 7,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 12,000
Portrait of Mother Jessie Schuyler.

Watercolor on cream illustration board, 1927. 324x291 mm; 12 3/4x11 1/2 inches. Signed in watercolor, and inscribed "Same old window, window where my mother would sit a-dreaming Little old green wooden chair-scheming-always scheming" in gouache, lower margin.

Provenance: the artist; thence by descent to the current owner.

Exhibited: Vivian Schuyler Key: Artist of the Harlem Renaissance and Beyond, the Hammonds House Museum, Atlanta, June 24 - August 26, 2012.

Born in New York in 1905, Vivian Schuyler Key was the first African-American female to pursue a degree in art at Pratt Institute, graduating in 1923. She worked primarily in New York, and designed several covers for Crisis magazine, the publication of the N.A.A.C.P. Her artwork is known for exploring the African-American experience, usually focused on subjects who possessed a quiet, everyday strength. Schuyler's work was included in Forever Free: Art by African American Women, 1862-1980, organized by Illinois State University, and this particular work was included in the artist's solo exhibition, Vivian Schuyler Key: Artist of the Harlem Renaissance and Beyond, at the Hammonds House Museum in conjunction with the 2012 National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta, Georgia. This watercolor is the first work of the artist to come to auction.