Sep 22, 2022 - Sale 2614

Sale 2614 - Lot 135

Price Realized: $ 3,900
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 4,000 - $ 6,000
Shut Down.

Oil on canvas, 1931. 1025x663 mm; 40 3/8x26 1/8 inches. Signed and dated in oil, lower right recto, and with the artist's address in pencil on the stretcher, verso.

Provenance: Private collection, New York.

Exhibited: "Navy Pier Art Exhibit by Chicago Artists," sponsored by the Chicago New Century Committee, Exhibition Hall, Navy Pier, Chicago, July 1939.

Published: Bulliet, "Artists of Chicago Past and Present: Yvonne Pryor," Chicago Daily News, July 1, 1939 (illustrated).

Pryor (1884-1977) was born in Chicago to French American parents traveling from New Orleans. She was raised between the two cities and attended the Kenwood Institute in Chicago and received artistic training at the Art Institute of Chicago and l'École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. After her return to Chicago, Pryor studied architectural design with Louis J. Millet and specialized in stained glass. Later, her career expanded to include jewelry and textile design. She exhibited her paintings through the 1930s and 1940s, at the Art Institute of Chicago and Findlay Galleries, Chicago. In the fall of 1941, Pryor showed her work at the Riverside Museum in New York in an exhibition by members of the Chicago Society of Artists. In 1952, she was made a director of the Society.

Painted in the midst of the Great Depression, Shut Down shows a desolate shuttered factory devoid of human presence. It is characteristic of Pryor's Constructivist style as well as testifies to her prowess in geometry and mathematics.