Two Centuries: American Art

Two Centuries: American Art

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Ernie Barnes


Lot Closed

October 6, 06:54 PM GMT


30,000 - 50,000 USD

Lot Details


Ernie Barnes

1938 - 2009


signed ERNIE BARNES (lower right)

acrylic on canvas

canvas: 24 ¼ by 48 inches (61.6 by 121.9 cm)

framed: 26 ¾ by 50 ¾ inches (68 by 129 cm)

Painted in 1980.

Private collection
By descent to the present owner, circa 1989
The present work captures the intense moment of restarting the play in rugby football, called scrummage, scrum for short. With dust kicking up in all directions, Barnes practically throws the viewer into the group of athletes as they attempt to gain possession of the ball.