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    Sale 1911

    Important American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture

    29 November 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 85

    John White Alexander (1856-1915)

    Silhouette of a Young Girl

    Price Realised  

    John White Alexander (1856-1915)
    Silhouette of a Young Girl
    signed 'J.W. Alexander' (lower left)
    charcoal on paper
    14½ x 10¾ in. (36.8 x 27.3 cm.)


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    Jennifer Hardin writes of the present work, "A Whistlerian aesthetic is at work in Alexander's Silhouette of a Young Girl, a charcoal that is exemplary of Alexander's subject and style. It is crisp and distinct, from the gesture of the woman's hands on her hips and the position of her fingers to the folds of her bodice and skirt. The pose is unusual, for the face's profile is almost lost. It affirms that this work is not a portrait but an aestheticized treatment, a harmony in buff, grey, and ebony. Like many paintings from the century's turn, it has its subjects as woman, exquisite and unidentifiable." (In the American Spirit: Realism and Impressionism from the Lawrence Collection, exhibition catalogue, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1999, pp. 29-30)

    The present work will be included in John White Alexander's catalogue raisonné being compiled by Mary Anne Goley.

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    Provenance

    Grand Central Art Galleries, New York.
    Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1990.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from the Samuel B. and Marion W. Lawrence Collection


    Literature

    J. Hardin and V.A. Leeds, In the American Spirit: Realism and Impressionism from the Lawrence Collection, exhibition catalogue, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1999, pp. 28, 29-30, 56, 84, no. 1, illustrated.


    Exhibited

    New York, Grand Central Art Galleries, Inc., La Femme: The Influence of Whistler and Japanese Print Masters on American Art 1880-1917, October 26-December 30, 1983, no. 24.
    St. Petersburg, Florida, Museum of Fine Arts, In the American Spirit: Realism and Impressionism from the Lawrence Collection, March 21-June 13, 1999, no. 1.