Sep 22, 2022 - Sale 2614

Sale 2614 - Lot 92

Price Realized: $ 1,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
Bar-room Scene ("Lady Lil").

Ink on paper, 1928. 294x331 mm; 11 3/4x13 inches. Signed, titled and dated in ink, lower left recto.

Provenance: Walt Kuhn Gallery, Cape Neddick, Maine, with the label; private collection, Chicago.

Born in Red Hook, Brooklyn, Kuhn (1877-1949) took art classes at the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and then worked as an illustrator. He met John Sloan and Robert Henri through his work as an illustrator and helped them organize the Exhibition of Independent Artists in April 1910. He then co-founded the Association of American Painters and Sculptors who organized the Armory Show and was in charge of finding European artists to participate. He traveled throughout Europe with Arthur B. Davies and Walter Pach to find the avant-garde in European art, which led to the Armory Show introducing Americans to modern art.

As an artist he embraced a variety of modern styles, including Cubism and Fauvism, before developing his own style of painting single figures against dark backgrounds with a psychological and emotional intensity. He often depicted performers—clowns, burlesque dances and acrobats—referencing his lifelong interest in performance and theater.