JOHN HENRY BRADLEY STORRS (1885-1956)
JOHN HENRY BRADLEY STORRS (1885-1956)
JOHN HENRY BRADLEY STORRS (1885-1956)
JOHN HENRY BRADLEY STORRS (1885-1956)
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JOHN HENRY BRADLEY STORRS (1885-1956)

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JOHN HENRY BRADLEY STORRS (1885-1956)
Storrs, J.H.B.
Untitled
signed with initials and dated 'J·S/3·26·36' (on the reverse)
oil on masonite
43 x 42 ½ in. (109.2 x 108 cm.)
Painted in 1936.
Provenance
Robert Schoelkopf Gallery, New York.
Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1980.
Exhibited
New York, Whitney Museum of American Art; Fort Worth, Texas, Amon Carter Museum; Louisville, Kentucky, J.B. Speed Art Museum, John Storrs, December 11, 1986-November 1, 1987, pp. 97, 99, 142, fig. 116, illustrated.

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John Storrs began to paint seriously in 1930 at the age of forty-five, building upon his established sculpture practice. Many of his earliest paintings resemble depictions of his own sculptures, often with anthropomorphic elements. Noel Frackman writes, “As the 1930s progressed, Storrs’ paintings became increasingly surreal, a characteristic also found in his abstract sculpture of this period. Storrs developed his own brand of quirky, hybrid Surrealism and, in formal terms, he began to set his images into motion…[The present work], dating from 1936, depicts a kind of mechanical wind-up toy; its head is a key that generates the forward motion of the body.” (John Storrs, exhibition catalogue, New York, 1986, p. 99) A smaller related painting is in the collection of the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas.

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