1922 - 2008
signed, dated ‘60 and inscribed W.H.
oilstick on paper
Sheet: 28½ by 22½ in. (72.4 by 57.2 cm.)
Framed: 36 by 30¼ in. (91.5 by 76.7 cm.)
This work is in very good condition overall. The sheet is hinged on the reverse to the backing board. There is a slight undulation to the sheet due to the artist's chosen materials. There are artist pinholes in each corner and a minor tear from the pinhole in the upper left corner to the left edge, visible upon close inspection. There are two minor creases to the lower left corner, visible upon close inspection. Framed under Plexiglas.
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Collection of Larry Aldrich, Connecticut
Sotheby’s, New York, Arcade Fine Arts: Old Master to Contemporary, 30 June 2004, Lot 426
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
Grace Hartigan was a second-generation American Abstract Expressionist painter and member of the New York School. In explaining the content and purpose of her work, Hartigan once said: “perhaps the subject of my art is like the definition of humor—emotional pain remembered in tranquility.” Hartigan painted intensely colored, gestural figures, inspired by coloring books, film, canonical painting and advertising.