American Art

American Art

View full screen - View 1 of Lot 14. JACOB LAWRENCE | UNTITLED (CARD PLAYERS).


Auction Closed

September 17, 04:16 PM GMT


100,000 - 150,000 USD

Lot Details



1917 - 2000


mixed media on paperboard

image: 18 ¾ by 16 inches (45.7 by 40.6 cm)

sheet: 20 by 17 ¾ inches (50.8 by 45.1 cm)

Executed circa 1941-42.

This work will be included in the forthcoming addendum to the catalogue raisonné of the artist's work being prepared by Peter T. Nesbett and Michelle DuBois.

Private collection, New York

Sold: Swann Galleries, New York, December 7, 2010, lot 23

Acquired by the present owner at the above sale

Leslie King-Hammond writes, "Everywhere Lawrence went, his eyes were a camera, and scene after scene fed his artistic appetite. He found material in the leisure time that was precious to the new working-class migrants—both young and old. Because downtown New York establishments such as clubs were off-limits for African Americans to patronize, people in Harlem made their own recreation. It took many forms, such as rent parties, shooting pool, dancing, singing, playing 'numbers,' cards, checkers, dominos, and telling 'tall stories' (as quoted in Over the Line: The Art and Life of Jacob Lawrence, Seattle, Washington, 2000, p. 84).