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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

George Tooker
b. 1920
GARDEN PARTY
Estimate
125,000175,000
LOT SOLD. 329,600 USD
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

George Tooker
b. 1920
GARDEN PARTY
Estimate
125,000175,000
LOT SOLD. 329,600 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture including Property from The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations

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George Tooker
b. 1920
GARDEN PARTY
signed Tooker, l.r.

tempera on gessoed panel


18 by 11 3/4 in.
(45.7 by 29.9 cm)
Painted in 1952.
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Provenance

Private collection, Greenwich, Connecticut, circa 1955
Private collection, New York

Exhibited

New York, The American Federation of Arts, Magic Realism-What is It, March 1964-March 1965, no. 42 (as In the Garden)
New York, Midtown Galleries, Close Encounters: The Art of Paul Cadmus, Jared French and George Tooker, February-April 1990
New York, Marisa del Ray Gallery, Tooker's Women, October-December 1992

Literature

Thomas H. Garver, George Tooker, New York, 1985, pp. 73, 133, illustrated p. 72
Thomas H. Garver, George Tooker, Petaluma, California, 1992, pp. 74, 77, 143, illustrated in color p. 78

Catalogue Note

Thomas H. Garver writes, "Garden Party (1952) is based on the artist's childhood.  In the late 1920s and '30s, his parents used the July Fourth holiday as an occasion to have a midsummer garden party for their extended family.  Cousins, uncles, aunts would come to visit at the Bellport house.  The family did not shoot off fireworks, so later in the evening, as it grew dark, the children would each be given a lighted Japanese lantern to hang somewhere in the garden.  Tooker recalls the image of the young children moving through the twilight with their lanterns 'very magical.'  He included himself in the painting as the boy at the extreme right lighting the lanterns and passing them along to the others" (George Tooker, Petaluma, California, 1992, pp.74, 77).

American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture including Property from The New York Public Library, Astor, Lenox and Tilden Foundations

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New York