CHRISTOPHER WILMARTH (1943-1987)
CHRISTOPHER WILMARTH (1943-1987)
CHRISTOPHER WILMARTH (1943-1987)
CHRISTOPHER WILMARTH (1943-1987)
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A Sophisticated Elegance: Property from the Ella B. Schaap Estate
CHRISTOPHER WILMARTH (1943-1987)

Baptiste Longing (Blue)

Details
CHRISTOPHER WILMARTH (1943-1987)
Baptiste Longing (Blue)
bronze and handblown glass
40 x 51 x 6 1⁄4 in. (101.6 x 129.5 x 15.9 cm.)
Executed in 1983-1986.
Provenance
Hirschl & Adler Modern, New York
Acquired from the above by the late owner, 1986
Literature
Arts Magazine, vol. 61, nos. 5-6, 1987.
S. H. Madoff, N. Milford and E. Saywell, Christopher Wilmarth: Light and Gravity, Princeton, 2004, pp. 103-104 and 106, pl. 116 (illustrated).
Exhibited
New York, Hirschl & Adler Modern, Chris Wilmarth: Delancey Backs (and Other Moments), November-December 1986, no. 5 (illustrated).

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Lot Essay

"Almost to the end, Wilmarth walks up gingerly to the light, finding its last traces like a deer feeding solemnly in a single clearing with houses all around. There is that feeling of unquenchable thirst and the smallness of the last resource. For instance, in Baptiste Longing (Blue) — with its allusion to the old French movie Les Enfants du Paradis, whose hero Baptiste watches as his love, Garance, is swept away in a crowd, never seen by him again — one head is entirely gone, a scar left in the bronze, while the other glows its literal and figurative blue."
—S. H. Madoff, "Light and Gravity: The Art and Times of Christopher Wilmarth," in S. H. Madoff, N. Milford and E. Saywell, Christopher Wilmarth: Light and Gravity, Princeton, 2004, pp. 103 and 106

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