BEAUFORD DELANEY (1901-1979)
BEAUFORD DELANEY (1901-1979)

Untitled

Details
BEAUFORD DELANEY (1901-1979)
Untitled
signed, inscribed, dedicated and dated 'Beauford Delaney Paris 1967 For Mme Mary Callery with friendship' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
16 1⁄8 x 10 5⁄8 in. (41 x 27 cm.)
Painted in 1967.
Provenance
Mary Callery, Paris, gift of the artist, 1967
Her sale; Christie’s, Paris, 2 July 2009, lot 48
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

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Lot Essay

“Delaney’s career-long decision to enshrine himself, loved ones, and the art of painting itself in a succession of radiant, joyous, magnificent, and painfully alive shades of yellow attest to his work’s greater, post-Abstract Expressionist mission. … [He] sought in his work and throughout his entire life to experience that state of perfect bliss in nature and society, to reach that nearly unattainable note or apogée of emotional discernment in the arts, and to know that ecstatic feeling of ‘excessive and deliberate joy’ in life.”
– R. J. Powell, Beauford Delaney: The Color Yellow, exh. cat., Atlanta, High Museum of Art, 2002.

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