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with Gimpel Fils, London.
Acquired by Springer Gallery/ Rudolf Springer, Berlin, through the Martha Jackson Gallery, Toronto, at the 1960 exhibition.
with B.C. Holland, Chicago, where purchased by the present owners, January 1974.
PROPERTY FROM THE MAURICE AND MURIEL FULTON COLLECTION
Christie’s is honoured to present the Maurice and Muriel Fulton Collection for sale through a series of auctions spanning Old Master Paintings, Impressionist and Modern Art, Latin American Art, Post War and Contemporary Art, and Modern British Art.
Working closely with some of the most respected art dealers of the day, most importantly famed Chicago dealer B.C. Holland, the Fultons acquired extraordinary modern works by Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Fernand Léger, Alexander Calder, Jean Dubuffet and Sol Lewitt to name a few. The Fulton collection holds one of the most important and bold cubist paintings by Jean Metzinger to come to market in recent years and is the centrepiece of their important collection of Impressionist and Modern Art.
Maurice and Muriel met and fell in love while both students at the University of Chicago in 1938. Maurice joined the Navy after graduation and was stationed in the South and Central Pacific and received the Presidential Unit Citation for “outstanding heroism”. He and Muriel married while he was on leave from the war in 1944 - after an engagement on the University of Chicago campus at the spot where they first met - the spot where a plaque now sits to commemorate their great love story.
The Fultons were generous with their time and philanthropic with organisations they held close to their hearts, becoming vital supporters of the Art Institute of Chicago (where a gallery is named in their honour), Boca Raton Museum of Art, Morikami Museum, Chicago Botanic Garden, The Ravinia Music Festival and their beloved alma mater, The University of Chicago, where a lecture series on the History of Law is named in their honour.
D. Lewis, ‘Moore and Hepworth: A Comparison of their Sculpture’, College Art Journal, Vol. 14, no. 4, Summer 1955, pp. 314-319.
Exhibition catalogue, Barbara Hepworth: Carvings and Drawings 1937- 1954, Minneapolis, Walker Art Center, 1955, no. 17, illustrated.
D. Lewis, ‘B. Hepworth’, Arte Visive, new series nos. 3-4, Rome, 1956.
Exhibition catalogue, Barbara Hepworth: Sculptures, Paintings, Drawings, New York, Martha Jackson Gallery, 1956, no. 17, illustrated.
A.M. Hammacher, Barbara Hepworth, Berlin, 1958, pl. 17.
J.P. Hodin, Barbara Hepworth, Neuchâtel, 1961, p. 168, no. 189, illustrated.
M. Gale and C. Stephens, Barbara Hepworth: Works in the Tate Gallery Collection and the Barbara Hepworth Museum St Ives, London, 1999, p. 218.
S. Bowness, (ed.), Barbara Hepworth: Writings and Conversations, London, 2015, p. 95, illustrated.
London, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Barbara Hepworth: Retrospective Exhibition, 1927-1951, April - June 1954, no. 153.
New York, Martha Jackson Gallery, 3 British Artists: Hepworth, Scott, Bacon, October - November 1954, no. 4.
Minneapolis, Walker Art Center, Barbara Hepworth: Carvings and Drawings 1937-1954, April - May 1955: this exhibition travelled to Lincoln, The University of Nebraska Art Galleries, June - August 1955; San Francisco, Museum of Art September - October 1955; Buffalo, The Albright Art Gallery, November - December 1955; Toronto, Art Gallery, January - February 1956; Montreal, Museum of Fine Arts, March 1956; and Baltimore, Museum of Art, April - June 1956, no. 17.
New York, Martha Jackson Gallery, Barbara Hepworth: Sculptures, Paintings, Drawings, December 1956 - January 1957, no. 17.
Toronto, Gallery Moos, in cooperation with the Martha Jackson Gallery, 4 Internationals: Appel, Scott, Hepworth, Tapiès, February - March 1960, no. 28.