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Richard Lindner (1901-1978)

The Walk

Richard Lindner (1901-1978) Lindner, R. The Walk signed and dated 'R. LINDER 1961' (lower left) oil on canvas 60 x 39 in. (152.4 x 101.6 cm.) Painted in 1961
Cordier & Ekstrom, Inc., New York.
Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Gosman, Toledo, Ohio (acquired from the above in 1963); sale, Christie's, New York, 10 November 1982, lot 18.
Donald Morris Gallery, Inc., Birmingham, Michigan (acquired at the above sale).
Acquired from the above by the present owners on 19 January 1983.
"Reviews and Previews--Richard Lindner," Art News, vol. 60 (no. 6), October 1961, p. 11 (illustrated).
S. Tillim, "Month in Review," Arts Magazine, vol. 36 (no. 2), November 1961, p. 36.
E. Porter, "Recent Painting U.S.A.: The Figure," Art in America, vol. I (no. 1), January 1962, p. 80 (illustrated in color).
D. Ashton, Richard Lindner, New York, 1969, pl. 91 (illustrated in color).
W. Spies, "Richard Lindner," XXe Sicle Review: Homage to Richard Lindner, New York, 1980, p. 12 (illustrated).
J. Zilczer, exh. cat., Richard Lindner, Paintings and Watercolors 1948-1977, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., 1997, p. 27 (illustrated, fig. 23).
New York, Cordier & Warren, Richard Lindner, October 1961.
Berkeley, University of California, University Art Museum, and Minneapolis, Walker Art Center, Lindner, June-August 1969, p. 47, no. 40 (illustrated).
Pittsburgh, University Art Museum, The Gosman Collection, September-October 1969, no. 31 (illustrated).
Madison, University of Wisconsin, Elvejem Art Center, Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Art from Collections of Alumni and Friends, September-November 1970, no. 159 (illustrated).
Ann Arbor, The University of Michigan, Museum of Art, Contemporary Art--The Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Gosman, September-October 1972, no. 21 (illustrated).
Paris, Muse National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou; Rotterdam, Musie Boymans-van Beuningen; Dusseldorf, Stdtische Kunsthalle, and Zurich, Kunsthaus, Richard Lindner, January-September 1974, no.19.
Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Richard Lindner, May-July 1977, p. 12, no. 19 (illustrated).

Lot Essay

In an effort to flee from the Nazi regime, Richard Lindner left his native Nuremburg in 1933 for Paris. With the outbreak of the war, Lindner once again fled from Hitler's army in March of 1941 and headed for New York City, where he would remain the rest of his life. Though he had been living in the city for many years, it was not until 1958 that Lindner's painting style underwent a dramatic shift, truly reflecting the metropolis in which he lived. Ever more influenced by the post-Cubist style and subject matter of Lger, The Walk explores the spectacle of the modern city and the concept of existential alienation. This image of a monumental matron isolated in an urban landscape expresses Lindner's newfound interest in the street life of Manhattan. In discussing the present work, Judith Zilczer has stated:

With her stylish attire, accoutrements, and high-heeled shoes, the woman clearly belongs to the modern world. Yet Lindner embroidered current fashion with touches of the surreal. The intricately patterned cape draped over the woman's shoulders reveals her breasts, while the tight leather straps across her fitted bodice mimic the laces of a corset. In a similar vein, Lindner embellished the nondescript urban surroundings with colorful abstract designs. The red arrow at the upper right may evoke urban street signs, but the checkerboard pattern and bright blue triangle at the left serve as a clever allusion to contemporary hard-edge abstraction. (J. Zilczer, "Circus of the Absurd: The Paintings of Richard Lindner, in exh. cat., op. cit., p. 27)


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