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Sale 1019 Lot 16

American (b. 1924)
"View over Soho, Lower Manhattan 1977-1978"
watercolor on paper, signed "Pearlstein 77" and dated lower right
29 1/2 x 41 inches

Provenance: Private Collection, New York.

Other Notes: This composition was also made as an etching and aquatint print. The Eskenazi Museum of Art notes in their cataloging of a print of this view "Although best known for his nudes in studio interiors, Pearlstein began a series of large-scale landscapes in 1974 during a visit to the Canyon de Chelly. While he envisioned this body of work as a meditation on ruins, it included this contemporary view of Manhattan. Pearlstein explained that it was inspired by Joseph Pennell's sepia-colored WWI poster showing an apocalyptic bombing of New York City. To produce his image, Pearlstein taped a grid on the window of his friends' Soho apartment and spent every Sunday for several months painstakingly recording the vista. The scene—which he described as a 'pre-ruin'—is eerily prophetic with the shadowy World Trade Center towers visible in the background."

A label from Allan Frumkin Gallery is on the reverse. A Brooklyn Museum loan label is on the reverse.

Tags: works on paper, listed artist, New York City, World Trade Center, city scene, works on paper, Statue of Liberty, 20th century, modern / contemporary
Estimate $3,000-5,000      Sold for US$32,500

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