Lot 251
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HARRY BERTOIA | "Cloud" Sculpture

60,000 - 80,000 USD
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  • Harry Bertoia
  • "Cloud" Sculpture
  • melt-coated brass, steel
  • 5 1/2  x 15 1/2  x 42 in. (14 x 39.4 x 106.7 cm)
  • circa 1957


The Collection of the artist, circa 1957
Don Hatch Galleria, Caracas, Venezuela, 1958
Private Collection, Caracas, Venezuela, early 1960s
Thence by descent to the present owner


Don Hatch Gallery, Caracas, Venezuela, May 1958 (no. 21)
Nancy N. Schiffer and Val O. Bertoia, The World of Bertoia, Atglen, PA, 2003, p. 88


June Kompass Nelson, Harry Bertoia Sculptor, Detroit, 1970, pl. 24 (for the model)
Nancy N. Schiffer and Val O. Bertoia, The World of Bertoia, Atglen, PA, 2003, p. 88 (for the model)

Catalogue Note

This lot is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the Harry Bertoia Foundation, Bozeman, Montana.

Nature was not only Harry Bertoia’s greatest inspiration and muse, it played an active role in the presentation of his work.  He saw no contradiction between the hardness of metal, his preferred medium, and the lushness of the natural world.  By displaying many of his sculptures outdoors, his abstract, metallic interpretations of nature became integrated with the landscape through their interaction with the elements.  In the present sculpture, Bertoia welded together a mass of tiny individual metal pieces which culminate in a cloud form.  The overall effect is incredibly light and delicate, like mist being carried on a soft breeze—a testament to Bertoia’s incredible technical ability.  Bertoia retained this sculpture in his personal collection and installed it floating over a small pond on his property in the Pennsylvania countryside, underscoring his affection for this particular work.