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Beauford Delaney (1901-1979)
Beauford Delaney (1901-1979)

Abstraction No. 4

Beauford Delaney (1901-1979)
Abstraction No. 4
signed 'Beauford Delaney' (upper right)
oil on canvas
51 x 38 1/8 in. (129.5 x 96.8 cm.)
Painted circa 1965.
Joseph Delaney, New York, acquired directly from the artist
Private collection, Washington, D.C., circa 1987
Acquired from the above by the present owner
New York, Kenkeleba Gallery, The Search for Freedom: African-American Abstract Paintings 1945-1975, May-July 1991, p. 83, no. 30 (illustrated).
Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Knoxville Museum of Art; Greenville County Museum of Art and Philadelphia Museum of Art, Beauford Delaney: From New York to Paris, November 2004-January 2006, no. 44 (illustrated).

Lot Essay

"The abstraction, ostensibly, is simply for me the penetration of something that is more profound in many ways than rigidity of a form. A form, if it breathes some, if it has some enigma to it, is also the enigma that is the abstract."
– Beauford Delaney

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