Lot n° 179
6000 - 10000
Result with fees
: 41 216EUR
Beauford DELANEY (1901-1979)
Untitled ochre and yellow, 1960
Gouache, signed and dated 60 lower right.
63 x 47.5 cm
- Acquired directly from the artist by M. X.
- Then by descent.
Beauford Delaney was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, on December 30, 1901, to a Methodist minister. From a very early age, he showed an aptitude for art and a definite ability to reproduce the engravings he had discovered through his reading. In 1923, he moved to Boston and perfected his artistic training at three different schools, including the prestigious Harvard University. He discovered the works of Gauguin, Van Gogh and Cézanne. Delaney moved to New York in 1929 at the time of the Harlem Renaissance, and made a name for himself by taking quick portraits of entertainers such as Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and others. Beauford Delaney exhibited his portraits the following year at the Whitney Studio Galleries.
In 1935, Delaney's style was transformed, moving closer to the French post-impressionist painters, with an infatuation for depicting urban views. In 1945, his friend Henry Miller published The Amazing and Unchanging Beauford Delaney. For the next ten years or so, the artist travelled the capitals of Europe: Venice, Athens, Florence, Vienna. In 1955, he held his first solo exhibition in Madrid. He finally settled in Paris in 1953. In 1960, he began to paint what seemed to be the personal expression of the monochrome tendencies then at their height: that year, Yves Klein presented his first Monogold at the Antagonismes exhibition (Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris), in which Beauford Delaney took part. From 1964 onwards, Delaney's works became more figurative, and were shown in Paris in February 1973, in the last exhibition of the artist's lifetime. Beauford Delaney died in Paris on March 26, 1979.
Sources: tennessee/guide-culture-peintres-beauford-delaney.php & Wikipedia
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