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    Sale 2049

    Post-War & Contemporary Art Morning Session

    13 November 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 225

    Alfred Leslie (b. 1927)

    Fountain/Erie Basin

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    Alfred Leslie (b. 1927)
    Fountain/Erie Basin
    signed and dated 'Alfred Leslie 1958' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    60 x 66 in. (152.4 x 167.6 cm.)
    Painted in 1958.


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    Leslie's work has an indisputable signature: the architecture, the wielding of the loaded brush, and the consistently present double vertical bands. Whether it is a large oil on canvas or a miniature collage, his work is immediately identifiable. Leslie has the ability to impart scale much like Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline. His small works have great scale and his large works project an even grander sense of scale. This combined with Leslies color sense creates a body of work that epitomizes the power and dynamic of postwar American abstract painting. (A. Stone quoted in Alfred Leslie: Expressing the Zeitgeist , exh. cat., Allan Stone Gallery, 2004, p. 4).

    Provenance

    Martha Jackson Gallery, New York
    Manny Silverman Gallery, Los Angeles
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1998


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from a Private American Collection