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Untitled

Artist
Norman Lewis, American, 1909–1979
Date
c.1940s
Material
Ink
Probably made in
United States, North and Central America
Classification
Drawings & watercolors
Current Location
On View, Gallery 235
Dimensions
20 1/4 in. × 13 in. (51.4 × 33 cm)
framed: 29 1/8 × 23 1/8 × 2 in. (74 × 58.7 × 5.1 cm)
Credit Line
The Thelma and Bert Ollie Memorial Collection, Gift of Ronald and Monique Ollie
Rights
© The Estate of Norman W. Lewis; Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York, NY
Object Number
166:2017
NOTES
Short, calligraphic brushstrokes appear in this untitled drawing, reflecting the artist’s interest in East Asian scroll painting with a similar long, vertical format. Norman Lewis’ quick, gestural marks also suggest dispersing figures, like people on a crowded street. After producing artworks for the Work Projects Administration (WPA), a government-sponsored program that provided jobs for Americans during the Great Depression, Lewis migrated away from a representational style. He was one of the first African American artists to experiment with abstract expressionism, although he engaged with abstraction while still alluding to the figure.
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