GERTRUDE ABERCROMBIE | Shell

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GERTRUDE ABERCROMBIE
Shell, 1961
Oil on board
13 x 19 in. (unframed)
15 x 2 x 20 in. (framed)

$150,000

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ARTIST BIOGRAPHY
Gertrude Abercrombie (b. 1909, d. 1977) was a critical, under-considered fixture of mid-century American Surrealism. Well-known as a staple of the Chicago jazz scene, Abercrombie earned the epithets “queen of the bohemian artists” and the “other Gertrude,” in reference to Gertrude Stein. Her diaristic paintings were preceded by the legacy of French Surrealism and succeeded by the Chicago Imagists of the 1960s, such as Christina Ramberg, Jim Nut, and Roger Brown. Rooted in fantasy, Abercrombie’s dreamscapes, still lifes, and self-portraits feature a visual lexicon inspired by her daily life: shells, eggs, black cats, doors, bowls of fruit, Victorian furniture, and moonlit landscapes. Abercrombie’s work is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Illinois State Museum; the Art Institute of Chicago; the MoCA, Chicago; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.; and the Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee. In the fall of 2020, the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh will mount a retrospective of Abercrombie’s paintings, titled Moored to the Moon, curated by the director, Eric Crosby.
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