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Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)

White Field, No. 2

Theodoros Stamos (1922-1997)
White Field, No. 2
signed twice 'STAMOS' (lower left)
oil and graphite on canvas
60 x 72 in. (152.4 x 182.8 cm.)
Painted in 1957.
V.V. Rankine, Bethesda, acquired from the artist, 1957
Anon. sale; Christie's, New York, 15 September 2004, lot 12
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
New American Painting, exh. cat., Tate Gallery, London, 1959, no. 66 (illustrated).
New York, Museum of Modern Art; Kunsthalle Basel; Milan, Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna; Madrid, Museo Nacional de Arte Contemporaneo; Berlin, Hochschule für Bildende Künste; Amsterdam, Stedelijk Museum; Brussels, Palais des Beaux-Arts; Paris, Musée National d'Art Modern and London, Tate Gallery, The New American Painting, April 1958-March 1959, p. 73, no. 66 (illustrated).

Lot Essay

White Field, No. 2 was originally housed in the noteworthy collection of the Post-War painter V.V. Rankine and was acquired directly from the artist in 1957, the year of its creation. An active participant in the 1950's New York art scene, Rankine acquired some of the best works of the period. According to Rankine, this painting was inspired by Stamos's trip to Paris, in which he saw a fire through a hotel window as can be believed considering the jagged flame red markings and smoke-like clouds of white. This painting was included in the landmark Abstract Expressionist survey, The New American Painting, organized by the Museum of Modern Art, which put the movement (and American art in general) at the forefront of the avant-garde. Underscoring its importance, it was one of only three works by Stamos illustrated in that groundbreaking exhibition catalogue.

"Painting at its best consists of truth to one's paint, to one's self and one's time, and most of all to one's God and one's dream." -Theodoros Stamos (as quoted in The New American Painting, p. 72)

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