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    Sale 2487 | Lot 67
    Price Realized: $13,750With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2487 Lot 67

      ROBERT NEAL (1916 - 1987)
      The Petrified Forest.

      Oil on cotton canvas, 1962. 711x1232 mm; 28x42 1/2 inches. Signed and dated in oil, lower right recto. Signed and titled in pencil, verso, and signed and dated in pencil, upper stretcher bar verso.

      Provenance: acquired from family descendants of the artist, Colorado; private collection, Colorado.

      This surreal painting is the most unusual painting - an allegorical self-portrait by the artist. Neal has depicted a tree-like form whose limbs have taken the shape of the different trades he worked - bricklayer, painter and carpenter.

      A native of Atlanta, Robert Neal was a student of Hale Woodruff's and became his studio assistant at Spelman College, working on the Talladega College Amistad murals in 1939. At the same time, Neal exhibited his own paintings and was included in the 1939 Baltimore Museum of Art's Contemporary Negro Art, the first museum group exhibition of African-American artists, and the 1940 Exhibition of the Art of the American Negro (1851-1940) at the Tanner Galleries in Chicago, the largest survey of African-American art at the time. Neal is also mentioned in Alain Locke's 1940 The Negro in Art: A Pictorial Record of The Negro Artist and of The Negro Theme In Art, and James A. Porter's 1943 Modern Negro Art. Robert Neal moved to Dayton, Ohio in the 1940s; unfortunately, little is known about his latter life or career. Heydt pp. 80, 132.

      Estimate $20,000 - 30,000


      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $13,750