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Sale 2409 Lot 38
HUGHIE LEE-SMITH (1915 - 1999)
Untitled (Young Man in a Slum).
Oil on linen canvas, circa 1960. 660x914 mm; 26x36 inches. Signed in oil, lower right.
Provenance: private collection, Arizona.
This striking and large canvas is a wonderful example of Hughie Lee-Smith's mid-career painting. It appears very closely related to his Slum Lad, circa 1960, in the collection of the Flint Institute of Arts. This painting depicts the same young man a in long-sleeved white shirt, and the same background of crumbling urban decay. Here the figure has turned and is walking away from the viewer - while in Slum Lad he is facing the viewer. It epitomizes Lee-Smith's vision of a modern, existential landscape inhabited by dis-illusioned young figures. Lee-Smith returned often to show his work and teach in Detroit after moving to New York in 1958. Lee-Smith was represented in New York by the Petite Gallery and then Janet Nessler Gallery through the 1960s. King-Hammond p. 57.
Estimate $40,000 - 60,000Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $106,250