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Esphyr Slobodkina (1908-2002)
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Esphyr Slobodkina (1908-2002)

Ancient Sea Song

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Esphyr Slobodkina (1908-2002)
Ancient Sea Song
signed 'Esphyr Slobodkina' (lower right)
oil on masonite
35 x 43 in. (88.9 x 109.2 cm.)
Painted in 1943.
Provenance
The artist.
The Owl Gallery, Woodmere, New York.
[With]Washburn Gallery, New York.
Acquired by the late owner from the above, 1978.
Literature
American Abstract Artists: Three Yearbooks, New York, 1969, p. 180, illustrated.
S. Kang, The Eclipse of the American Abstract Artists, Berkeley, California, 1989, pp. 39, 104, fig. 12, illustrated.
Exhibited
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Boston, Massachusetts, The Institute of Modern Art, Eight by Eight: American Abstract Painting Since 1940, March 7-April 1, 1945, p. 2, no. 63, illustrated (as Large Picture).
New York, Washburn Gallery, Eight by Eight: American Abstract Painting Since 1940, October 1-25, 1975, p. 5, no. 18, illustrated (as Large Picture).
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carnegie Institute, Museum of Art; San Francisco, California, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Minneapolis, Minnesota, Minneapolis Institute of Arts; New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Abstract Painting and Sculpture in America 1927-1944, October 29, 1983-September 2, 1984, pp. 137, 221, no. 131, illustrated.
St. Louis, Missouri, St. Louis Art Museum; Honolulu, Hawaii, Honolulu Academy of Arts; Boston, Massachusetts, Museum of Fine Arts, The Ebsworth Collection: American Modernism, 1911-1947, November 20, 1987-June 5, 1988, pp. 170-71, 219-20, no. 63, illustrated.
Medford, Massachusetts, Tufts University Art Gallery, The Life and Art of Esphyr Slobodkina, January 16-March 29, 1992, no. 31.
Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art; Seattle, Washington, Seattle Art Museum, Twentieth-Century American Art: The Ebsworth Collection, March 5-November 12, 2000, pp. 233-35, 297, no. 61, illustrated.
Glen Head, New York, Slobodkina Foundation, Rediscovering Slobodkina: A Pioneer of American Abstraction, January 10-March 22, 2009.
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