Feb 23, 2010 - Sale 2203

Sale 2203 - Lot 57

Price Realized: $ 3,840
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 5,000
WALTER WILLIAMS (1920 - 1988)
Untitled (Cityscape).

Tempera, ink wash and chalk on illustration board, 1954. 355x445 mm; 14x17 1/2 inches. Signed and dated in ink, lower right.

Provenance: private collection.

This unusual and very early landscape, likely of Brooklyn rooftops, was painted when Williams was at the Brooklyn Museum School of Art. There, he studied under Ben Shahn, Gregorio Prestopino and Reuben Tam. In 1955, Williams won a John Hay Whitney Foundation fellowship to study and paint in Mexico.