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COLLECTION OF MALCOLM AND ROBIN MCCORQUODALE

Jack Tworkov
CAPELIGHT
Estimate
70,00090,000
LOT SOLD. 162,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT
11

COLLECTION OF MALCOLM AND ROBIN MCCORQUODALE

Jack Tworkov
CAPELIGHT
Estimate
70,00090,000
LOT SOLD. 162,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Contemporary Curated

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New York

Jack Tworkov
1900 - 1982
CAPELIGHT
oil on canvas
60 1/8 by 44 in. 152.7 by 111.7 cm.
Executed in 1958, this work is no. 780 in the online Catalogue Raisonné of Works on Canvas edited by Jason Andrew for the Estate of Jack Tworkov.
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Provenance

Stable Gallery, New York
Collection of Dr. Winston Price and Mrs. Grace Hartigan, Baltimore
Sotheby's, New York, May 27, 1976, lot 326
Private Collection, Houston (acquired from the above sale)
Watson/de Nagy & Company, Houston
Acquired by the present owner from the above

Exhibited

New York, Stable Gallery, Tworkov, April 1959, cat. no. 3
Baltimore Museum of Art, New Paintings and Sculpture from Established and Newly Formed Collections in Baltimore, July - September 1959

Literature

It Is Magazine, vol. 2, Autumn 1958, pl. 1, p. 7, illustrated 
Martica Sawin, "In the Galleries: Jack Tworkov (Stable Gallery)," Arts Magazine, vol. 33, January 1959, p. 54

Catalogue Note

Like other artists of his generation including Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell and Mark Rothko, Provincetown played an integral role in the creative life of Jack Tworkov. Beginning with his first visit in 1923, Tworkov lived there intermittently until the fall of 1958, when he purchased a cottage in Provincetown's West End with views of the bay and a short walk to the dunes of Herring Cove.

"There is a quality of light that you get nowhere else," Tworkov said of the Cape, "because the bay and the dunes act like mirrors to the sky." (Robert Hatch, "At the tip of Cape Cod," Horizon III, no. 6, July 1961, pp.10-29)

Likely inspired by his long walks on the dunes and daily swims in the often-choppy waters of the bay, Tworkov painted Capelight in 1958 at the height of his abstract expressionist period. "Something to do in Provincetown," he wrote in his journal, "the dunes and woods, in a way nobody has done them. Seen thru my abstract painting, like Red Lake, Cape Light." (Mira Schor, ed. Extreme of the Middle: The Writings of Jack Tworkov, New Haven, 2009, p. 89).

In Capelight, we see Tworkov's trademark "stroke" enhanced by the artist's subconscious impressions of sky and sea. "My painting," Tworkov wrote, "is always a work of long progression of action absorbed by time." (Ibid, p.89)

Jason Andrew, Manager/Curator, Estate of Jack Tworkov

Contemporary Curated

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New York