Lot 18
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Norman Wilfred Lewis 1909 - 1979

Estimate
70,000 - 100,000 USD
Sold
125,000 USD
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Description

  • Norman Wilfred Lewis
  • Meeting Place (Shopping)
  • signed NORMAN LEWIS and dated 1941 (lower left); also titled Meeting Place on the reverse of the frame
  • oil on canvas

Provenance

The artist
William Charles Hinkley V, New York
Sylvia Wolf, New York
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York
Joyce Wein, New York
Estate of Joyce Wein, New York
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York, 2006
John Axelrod, Boston, Massachusetts, 2006 (acquired from the above)
Gift to the present owner, 2011

Exhibited

New York, Kenkeleba Gallery
Boston, Massachusetts, Boston University Art Gallery, Syncopated Rhythms: 20th Century African-American Art from the George and Joyce Wein Collection, November 2005-January 2006, p. 70, illustrated in color p. 71 (as Shopping)

Catalogue Note

The present work, part of a large concentration of works by Norman Lewis acquired by George and the late Joyce Wein, depicts a group of eager women surrounding a store-front bin in hopes of spotting a bargain during the Great Depression. This unique subject matter represents a departure from the scenes of racial injustice and plight of the poor this Social Realist artist typically depicted. As Patricia Hills and Melissa Renn write, “...Shopping offers a slightly more hopeful view of life during the Depression. Rendered in a figurative style, this scene of women shopping in a marketplace shows his interest in modernism in its distorted figures, flat application of colors, and collage-like composition” (Syncopated Rhythms: 20th Century African-American Art from the George and Joyce Wein Collection, p. 71).
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