Lot 26
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EVA HESSE | Study for Schema

100,000 - 150,000 USD
112,500 USD
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  • Eva Hesse
  • Study for Schema
  • dated Sept-Oct-1967
  • ink on tracing paper
  • 8  7/8  x 11  7/8  inches


Droll, Kolbert Gallery, Inc., New York
Collection of Joseph E. Seagram & Sons, Inc., New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner


The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Vancouver Art Gallery; Calgary, The Nickle Arts Museum; New York, Seagram Building; Ontario, London Regional Art Gallery, Drawings by Sculptors: Two Decades of Non-Objective Art in the Seagram Collection, May 1984 - June 1985, p. 35, illustrated


Lucy Lippard, Ed., Eva Hesse, New York 1992, fig. 159, p. 114, illustrated 

Catalogue Note

“Painting and particularly drawing played an integral part in Hesse’s artistic development. Indeed, she first achieved a personal style in her drawings.”

Helen A. Cooper in Eva Hesse: A Retrospective, New Haven 1994, p. 9

Eva Hesse’s Study for Schema is an intimate, unmediated view into the artist’s conceptual process as well as an important historical document, demarcating a benchmark artistic and material development in her career. Drawn with Hesse’s distinct open ended style, Study for Schema lays out plans for groundbreaking sculpture Schema, now at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. When the sculpture was first shown at Hesse’s important 1968 show, Eva Hesse: Chain Polymers at Fischbach Gallery, New York, it was one of her earliest pieces fully made of latex, which would become a signature, instantly recognizable material in her body of work. Study for Schema memorializes that development, providing insight into Hesse’s creative process through the copious notes which communicate the excitement and importance in her groundbreaking use of the material, while also serving as a powerful aesthetic statement, each line somehow both wavering and sure, allusive yet instructional.