Feb 23, 2010 - Sale 2203

Sale 2203 - Lot 27

Price Realized: $ 6,240
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 10,000 - $ 15,000
Untitled (Street Walker).

Oil on masonite, circa 1940. 405x510 mm; 16x20 inches. Signed in oil, lower right.

Provenance: private collection, California; acquired at auction, Bonham's & Butterfield's, San Francisco, May, 17, 1989.

A landscape and figure painter, William S. Carter was born in St. Louis in 1909. He moved to Chicago in 1930 and studied art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and at the University of Illinois. According to Cedric Dover, in cooperation with the Harmon Foundation, in the summer of 1940, Carter was included in a group of young WPA-era artists in the important Exhibition of the Art of the American Negro at the Tanner Galleries, assembled by Alonzo Aden for the American Negro Exposition in Chicago. In 1943, he joined the Illinois Art Project of the Works Progress Administration and worked with artists such as Charles White, Eldzier Cortor, Earl Walker and Charles Davis.

Carter's works are found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the DuSable Museum of African American History and the South Side Community Art Center, all in Chicago, and the Clark-Atlanta University Art Galleries.