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    Sale 2303 | Lot 90
    Price Realized: $72,000With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2303 Lot 90

      SAM GILLIAM (1933 - )
      Butterfly, Feeling.

      Acrylic on cotton canvas, 1972. 1524x1524 mm; 60x60 inches. Signed, titled and dated in pencil, upper left verso.

      Provenance: the artist; collection of First Pennsylvania Bank, N.A., Philadelphia; acquired at auction, private collection (2001).

      Butterfly, Feeling is a vivid, excellent example of the experimental floor paintings made by Sam Gilliam with his "soak-stain" technique in the early 1970s. Jonathan Binstock details the artist's innovative direction at the time: "This kind of stunning soak-stain effect was explored to the extreme in beveled-edge paintings made between 1970 and 1972, such as Red April, Blue Twirl, and Scatter, in which one of Gilliam's main purposes appears to have been to create the most exquisite and improbable color combinations he could imagine." All three of these paintings mentioned are in museum collections. Binstock pp. 92 and 94.

      Estimate $25,000 - 35,000

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $72,000