Art at Home Auction on June 16, 2020
Featuring a Wide Range of Affordable Paintings and Prints
Consignments Are Currently Being Accepted for Future Auctions
NEW YORK, NY -- The Art at Doyle auction on June 16, 2020 demonstrated the continued strength of the art market. Collectors, dealers and advisors vied for a wide range of affordable paintings and prints by American, European, Asian and Latin American artists spanning the late 19th century to the current day.
Highlighting the sale was a large-scale depiction of Nude Descending a Stairs by Hananiah Harari (American, 1912-2000) that achieved $9,062, well over its estimate of $5,000-6,000. The work was inspired by Marcel Duchamp's iconic 1912 Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2), which created a sensation when it was exhibited in 1913 at the Armory Show in New York.
Stated Harari, "I felt impelled towards a renewed disposition of this subject made notorious with the uproar over Marcel Duchamp's entry in the 1913 Armory Show. The theme has since become generic, as have themes such as bathers, piping Pans, or reclining nudes.. But my own statement would not or could not, be cast in Duchamp's cubist-futurist idiom. Serendipity led me to the Pre-Raphaelite Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones whose painting The Golden Stairs suggested a scaffold for my own. His Victorian maidens, a saccharine demiseraphic troupe, were for me quite naturally no more embraceable than Duchamp's metallic robots. However the sweep of Burne-Jones' design provided my nude her stage. She makes entrance, then descends to diverse portraits comprising not only head, but body & temper - revealed step by step as it were, in shifting colors, light, and action. After "performing" in choreographed (sometimes mocking) descent , she exits below to Art and to the World. (My debt to Burne-Jones is acknowledged in the lower right hand corner of my work, where his name can be seen on a crumpled candy-wrapper.)"
Born in Rochester, New York, Harari studied art at the Rochester Memorial Art Gallery and at the School of Fine Arts at Syracuse University before moving to Paris in 1932 where he studied with Fernand Léger, André Lhote, and Marcel Grommaire. In 1935, he returned to New York and worked in the WPA's mural project under Burgoyne Diller, later joining the circle of the American Abstract Artists.
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