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    Sale 2338 | Lot 77
    Price Realized: $15,000With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2338 Lot 77

      ROMARE BEARDEN (1911 - 1988)
      Untitled (Three Figures Seated at a Table).

      Watercolor, brush and ink on cream wove paper, circa 1946-47. 444x572 mm; 17 1/2x22 1/2 inches. Signed and dedicated "To Herbert From" in ink, lower right.

      Provenance: ACA Gallery, New York, with the label on the frame back; Seymour Meyer, Great Neck, NY; private collection, NY.

      This wonderfully fresh and vibrant watercolor is a very strong example from Romare Bearden's Rabelais series. Inspired by Fran├žois Rabelais's Gargantua and Pantagruel 16th century satire, Bearden's watercolors suggest an allusion to the ribaldry of the period. A group of 18 works were shown at the Kootz Gallery from Feburary 24 to March 15, 1947. Myron Schwartzman described two kinds of scenes in the series: "drinking, carousing, and dancing on the one hand; hunting on the other," with titles drawn from Rabelais that suggest the sense of joie de vivre found in the works. Schwartzman p. 149.

      Estimate $10,000 - 15,000

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $15,000