Lot n° 217
10000 - 15000
Result without fees
: 55 000EUR
Beauford DELANEY (1901-1979)
Untitled circa 1960.
Oil on canvas.
Signed Beauford DELANEY 68 rue Paul Vaillant Couturier Clamart sur seine. Exhibition stamp n°172 and annotated in pencil on the frame Paul Fachetti Av Friedland.
65 x 46 cm
Donated by the artist to the gallery owners Vincent and Didier Mathieu in the 80's then by descent.
Beauford Delaney was born in 1901 in Knoxville, Tennessee in a family of 10 children of a Methodist pastor father.
His mother encouraged his brother Joseph's artistic vocation but also that of Beauford. Lloyd Branson, a renowned local artist and art school director, discovered his drawings and, convinced of Delaney's potential, helped him to leave for Boston and financed his trip.
The early works of this period are mainly landscapes and portraits.
In Boston, Delaney studied in various institutions and in 1926, his discovery of the retrospective devoted to Claude Monet left a lasting mark on his chromatic and luminous approach to painting.
He arrived in New York a few days after the stock market crash that marked the beginning of the Great Depression. He then focused on portraits of popular African-Americans but also scenes of everyday life in Harlem.
In the early 1930s, immersed in an artistically stimulating environment, he began to explore a modernist aesthetic.
His move to Greenwich village combined with his taste for poetry and music helped him to integrate into the community and form strong friendships. Despite the segregation, he was even honoured by the press in 1938, as Life magazine cited him as an example of an accomplished artist..."Negro".
In the 40s and 50s, in New York, he painted both figurative and abstract works. However, even though it was a period of relative stability and success, he still faced homophobia and racism.
He left for Paris, where he arrived at the end of the summer of 1953 thinking he would stay for a month. He rema
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