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Watercolors by Beauford Delaney

April 26th, 2019

We are pleased to share news of an excellent selection of paintings on paper by Modern master, Beauford Delaney (1901-1979). These works date from the 1960s after Delaney became established among the expatriate community of American artists. “I left New York for Paris in 1953, and I have painted with greater freedom ever since. I tried to paint light, different kinds of light, and my painting has been associated with “abstraction.”

We share here an image of a luminous watercolor made during a visit to Athens, Greece in 1961. Delaney’s trip was supported by Darthea Speyer, the American cultural ambassador and art dealer. The trip brought on a severe bout of depression and Delaney relied heavily on his friends in Paris who helped in his recovery.

Beauford Delaney, Athens, 1961, watercolor & graphite
Athens, 1961
Darthea Speyer & Beauford Delaney
Darthea Speyer & Beauford Delaney

Claire Falkenstein’s Struttura Grafica c. 1953

April 11th, 2018

Claire Falkenstein (American, 1908-1997) initially met Stanley William Hayter when he visited the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1935.  They renewed their acquaintance when she lived in Paris and worked at the re-established Atelier 17 in the early 1950s.   

Falkenstein brought an independent approach to the Hayter’s experimental workshop, dispensing with convention of merely engraving or etching an image into the plate.  Instead she cut and soldered scrap metal shapes to build relief matrices, bringing her own sense of structure and form to the print making process.  The metal constructions were then daubed with ink and sent them through the press with sheets of dampened hand-made linen paper.  The sheets are heavily embossed, creating a bas relief that goes so far as to puncture the sheet.  These collagraphs are called Struttura Grafica and are signed, dated and annotated épreuve d’artiste.  They come to us from Hayter’s own collection.  We are indebted to David Acton’s book, The Stamp of Impulse: Abstract Expressionist Prints for insight and explanation of these rare and important works.

Claire Falkenstein Struttura Grafica 1953 collagraph

Struttura Grafica 1953

 

Claire Falkenstein Struttura Grafica 1953 collagraph

Struttura Grafica 1953