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    Sale 2518 | Lot 131
    Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000
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      Sale 2518 Lot 131

      HUGHIE LEE-SMITH (1915 - 1999)
      Prelude.

      Oil on linen canvas, 1986. 965x1168 mm; 38x46 inches. Signed in oil, lower left.

      Provenance: the estate of the artist; thence by descent to the current owner.

      Exhibited: June Kelly Gallery, New York, with the label on the frame back.

      This large canvas epitomizes the Surrealism found in Hughie Lee-Smith's late-career painting. The classical architecture and sculpture suggests the enigmatic Surrealism of a De Chirico painting or Fellini film. The peaceful atmosphere of a sun-drenched afternoon is punctuated by billowing clouds and fluttering ribbons, and emphasizes the frozen motion of a young woman. Prelude represents the final period of Lee-Smith's body of work - his enigmatic and isolated figures are now actors in landscapes full of intrigue and beauty.

      Estimate $40,000 - 60,000