Sale 11FD02 | Lot 1198

Charles Alston American, 1907-1977 Abstract

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Lot Details

Lot 1198
Charles Alston American, 1907-1977 Abstract
American, 1907-1977
Signed Alston (lr)
Oil on canvas
40 x 30 inches

Charles Henry Alston (1907-1977) was one of the most prominent African-American artists, muralists and teachers of the 20th century. Born in North Carolina, he was raised in New York, graduating in 1929 from Columbia College and Teachers College at Columbia University and earning a Master of Fine Arts in 1931. Early in his career, he designed album covers for Duke Ellington and book covers for Langston Hughes. Alston also painted murals throughout Harlem for the WPA that were inspired by social movements of the Depression era. Alston was the first African-American instructor at the Art Students League of New York and the Museum of Modern Art. He was named a full professor at the City University of New York (CUNY) in 1973. Works by Charles Henry Alston may be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.

C Estate of Lena Horne

Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000
Sold for $20,000 (includes buyer's premium)

Additional Notes & Condition Report

Scattered small areas of in-paint concentrated in the central blue/brown form. A 3" impact crack at lower left. Areas of minor craquelure in blue and brown pigments throughout.

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Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000
Sold for $20,000 (includes buyer's premium)

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