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Early David Driskell watercolor

August 13th, 2014

We are pleased to share a very beautiful, early watercolor by renowned master painter, printmaker and curator, David Driskell Colorado Scape, 1960.  was made while Driskell was pursuing a MFA at Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.   The strong, clear colors and the abstracted landscape of this important work indicate Driskell’s early predisposition toward European modernism.  The paintings and prints of this era explore nature–trees in particular as a means of understanding abstract form.  With Colorado Scape Driskell creates a very satisfying overall intensity, fluid and aggressive line balanced by deeply saturated color.

David Driskell Colorado Scape 1960 watercolor

Colorado Scape 1960

A rare bronze by Richmond Barthé (American, 1901-1989)

February 27th, 2014

Head of a Dancer is an elegant portrait of Czech-born dancer Harald Kreutzberg. Kreutzberg was active on the stage and German cinema. Kreutzberg befriended Richmond Barthé when he performed in the United States in the 1930s. Barthé was working in Harlem and the performing arts were a constant interest and theme in his work.  Barthé studied Martha Graham dance techniques to better understand movement and the human form. We have found other examples of Head of a Dancer in the public collections at the Driskell Center, University of Maryland, the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, the Scad Museum of Art in Savanah, GA, and in two private collections. Ours is the only example with the rich, green patina visible here.

Richmond Barthé Head of a Dancer, bronze

Richmond Barthé Head of a Dancer, bronze

Important works by Beauford Delaney noted

September 19th, 2013

We were recently contacted by Paris-based blog, Les Amis de Beauford Delaney asking about our holdings of works by Delaney (1901-1979). We have two superb examples: a 1946 pastel from his New York period and a 1962 canvas from Delaney’s celebrated Yellow series which was made in Paris.
Beauford Delaney exhibited at Philadelphia’s Pyramid Club in 1947. There he met Dox Thrash, an active member of the club who served on the exhibtions committee. To read more of our Delaney’s, click on the link to Les Amis.

Beauford Delaney, Untitled (grape motif), pastel

Beauford Delaney, Untitled (grape motif), pastel

Philadelphia’s WPA print workshop: Raymond Steth

September 4th, 2013

Raymond Steth, born 1917, Norfolk, Virginia; died 1997, Philadelphia, began working in the graphics division of the WPA/FAP in Philadelphia in 1938. Here he worked with Dox Thrash, inventor of the Carborundum mezzotint. In addition to Thrash’s new technique, Steth produced a fine group of lithographs with Social Realist themes that document his intimate knowledge of city life as well as the rural South. Wrapping Tobacco is a rare example of Steth exploring Depression-era life in Virginia’s Tobacco fields. Steth infuses his prints with a profound emotional that places them amongst the very best works produced for the WPA.
Steth later studied at the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, the Philadelphia College of Art, where he later taught. He co-founded and directed the Philographic School of Art from 1948-1953. His remarkable prints are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Library of Congress, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution.

Wrapping Tobacco, lithograph, c. 1940

Wrapping Tobacco, lithograph, c. 1940

Louis Sloan, Winter Landscape 1958

March 4th, 2013

Sloan (1932-2008), was a prominent figure in the Philadelphia art community.  An alumnus of Fleisher Art School and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Sloan taught still-life, landscape, portrait and figure painting classes at PAFA from 1962-1997.

oil on canvas, 34 x 44″, signed and dated in recto

Sloan was the recipient of a long list of awards including, PAFA’s third annual Distinguished Alumni Award and the Jennie Sesnan Gold Medal, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant, the Emily Lowe Grant, the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and the James Van Der Zee Award from Philadelphia’s Brandywine Workshop, Sloan also received tributes in the halls of government from Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell, Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode, and most recently on November 4, 2008, from Mayor Michael A. Nutter. His paintings are in the collecitons of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and Woodmere Art Museum.
Sloan favored a somber pallet for his accutely observed paintings of his native city and rural Pennsylvania landscapes. Winter Landscape recalls Winslow Homer’s Fox Hunt in the collection of PAFA. Sloan reduces the scene even further to poem of white grays under a leaden sky and puncuated by dry grasses and wind-exposed rock. Sloan’s true passion was landscape painting and it is in paintings such as, Frost Valley in the Catskills, 1995, that his great techinical skills, unique artistic vision and masterful rendering of nature are brought together. Sloan was memorialized with a 2009 exhibtion of some 30 paintings at PAFA in 2009.
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November 16th, 2012

Additional Contemporary and Modern artists as well as our collections of African American, Atelier 17, and WPA artists will be featured on this page.

African American Artists

November 16th, 2012

Whenever we see our friends from our days at the National Black Fine Art Show, the topic of the show’s rebirth never fails to come up. Sadly, there is no sign that the show will return and we miss it and all of you, very much. We continue to work hard to present superb works by African Americian artists. Sharing works and information about artists we believe in is one of the great pleasures in what we do.

We have important works by:

Ron Adams
Radcliffe Bailey
Mary Lee Bendolph
Robert Blackburn
Sam Brown
Elizabeth Catlett
Claude Clark
Beauford Delaney
David Driskell
Allan Edmunds
Ramon Gabriel
Reginald Gammon
Trenton Doyle Hancock
Lawrence Hosannah
Lois Mailou Jones
* Paul Keene
Beni Kosh
Kerry James Marshall
Martin Puryear
Rachelle Puryear
Vincent Smith
* Dox Thrash
* Cheryl Warrick
Charles White
John Woodrow Wilson
Michael Williams

* We carry these artists in depth. Their names link to pages on this site.