Dec 10, 2020 - Sale 2554

Sale 2554 - Lot 29

Estimate: $ 7,000 - $ 10,000
WALTER SANFORD (1912 - 1987)
Sea Movement #2.

Oil on masonite board, 1951. 584x883 mm; 23x34 3/4 inches. Signed and dated in oil, lower left verso. Signed, titled and dated "8 - 51" in oil, upper right verso.

Provenance: the estate of the artist; private collection Bloomfield, MI; private collection, Boston.

This beautiful organic abstraction by Walter Sanford is an excellent example of the modernist painting of this Chicago painter. Born in Detroit, Walter Sanford moved to Chicago and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago under Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. First associated in the 1940s with exhibitions at the Southside Community Art Center, Sanford had a wide-ranging, international career. Like many other African-Americans after World War II, with the G.I. Bill, he found his way to Paris and in 1952, he won the Prix de Paris. Upon his return to Chicago, he was frequently called "The Black Picasso." He traveled often and worked for periods in Mexico, Detroit, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. According to his obituary in the Chicago Tribune, he was a self-described "Abstract Expressionist," exhibited in more than 20 major shows and had more than two dozen solo exhibitions.