ALFONSO OSSORIO (1901-1985)
ALFONSO OSSORIO (1901-1985)
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ALFONSO OSSORIO (1901-1985)

Nevertheless

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ALFONSO OSSORIO (1901-1985)
Nevertheless
signed, signed with the artist's initials, titled, inscribed and dated 'ALFONSO OSSORIO "NEVERTHELESS" 19 IX '58 No. 17 '58 A.O' (on the stretcher)
oil on canvas
76 x 38 in. (193 x 96.5 cm.)
Painted in 1957-1958.
Provenance
Betty Parsons Gallery, New York
Miguel Jose Ossorio, Greenwich, Connecticut, 1959
Stacy and Eric Ossorio, Big Sky
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 2016
Exhibited
New York, Betty Parsons Gallery, Ossorio Paintings 1956-1958, November 1958, no. 4.
New York, American Art Expositions, Inc., Art: USA: 59, a force, a language, a frontier, April 1959, p. 47, no. 153b (illustrated).

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Lot Essay

"Everything moves or threatens to do so. Ossorio likes what moves, seethes, surges. He likes also to mix with all this the marks of whiplashes, sheer drops, lightning, bird-flights…. This is generally the form of Ossorio’s pictures: a sort of flower-decked parade float. A most sumptuous parade (the artist has a taste for very sumptuous things) but always equivocal, ad unsure if it wants to transmute whit it envelops into rare and marvelous flowers or to redouble its menacing character. Or both? …"
(J. Dubuffet as quoted in B. H. Friedman, Alfonso Ossorio, New York, 1973, p.45).

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