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George Rickey (1907 - 2002)
FLOWERING TREE, 1956
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
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406
George Rickey (1907 - 2002)
FLOWERING TREE, 1956
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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George Rickey (1907 - 2002)
FLOWERING TREE, 1956
stainless steel, polychrome and wood base; titled 'Tree' on the underside of the base
31 by 20 by 20 in. (78.7 by 50.8 by 50.8 cm.)
Executed in 1956.
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Provenance

Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner in 1956

Exhibited

Boston, Institute of Contemporary Art, 'George Rickey | Kinetic Sculptures,' March - April 1964, p. 6 (text)

Literature

Maxwell Davidson III, 'George Rickey: The Early Works,' Pennsylvania 2004, p. 110, illustrated

Catalogue Note

George Rickey received his art training from renowned Modernists Fernand Léger and Amédée Ozenfant in Paris. Rickey’s experience serving in World War II heightened his interested in mechanical systems, which inspired him to shift the focus of his practice from painting to kinetic sculptures.  ‘Flowering Tree’ is exceptional among the artist’s many tree sculptures for its elaborate upper element.  The sculpture was a gift to Stanley Myers, the Modernist architect, who helped to redesign Rickey’s home in the 1950s. The work has been in the Myers family collection ever since.

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