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    Sale 2171

    Important American Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture

    20 May 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 120

    George Copeland Ault (1891-1948)

    The Stairway

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    George Copeland Ault (1891-1948)
    The Stairway
    signed and dated 'G.C. Ault '21' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    18¼ x 14¼ in. (46.4 x 36.2 cm.)


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    Provenance

    The artist.
    Mrs. George C. Ault, wife of the artist.
    Gift to the present owner from the above, 1961.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property of the Montclair Art Museum, sold to benefit the Acquisition Endowment Fund


    Literature

    Society of Independent Artists, Annual Exhibition, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1922, n.p., no. 32 (as The Double Stairway).
    The Academy of Arts, Berlin, American Realism, exhibition catalogue, p. 136, no. 4.
    N. Homma, G. Levin and J. Meikle, Visions of Tomorrow: New York and American Industrialization in the 1920s-1930s, exhibition catalogue, Tokyo, Japan, 1988, pp. 142, 187, no. 122, illustrated.
    M.S. Kushner, A. Anreus, M. Grzesiak and V. Wageman, Three Hundred Years of American Painting: The Montclair Art Museum Collection, New York, 1989, p. 130, no. 13, illustrated.


    Exhibited

    New York, Society of Independent Artists, Annual Exhibit, 1922.
    Berlin, Germany, The Academy of Arts, and elsewhere, American Realism 1920-1940, November 9-December 28, 1980.
    New Brunswick, New Jersey, Johnson and Johnson World Headquarters, American Painting of the Early Twentieth Century, December 1984-February 1985.
    Tokyo, Japan, Isetan Museum of Art, and elsewhere, Visions of Tomorrow: New York and American Industrialization in the 1920s-1930s, April 21-May 9, 1988.