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Sale IT179 Lot 25

Oil on canvas: 20 x 28 in.
Original frame;
Exhibited: Providence Art Club 1956

Walter S. Feldman (1925-2017) was born in 1925 in Lynn Massachusetts into an immigrant family from Eastern Europe. Early on he was attracted by the arts and took art lessons Saturday afternoons at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. In 1942 he was admitted to Yale School of Fine Arts. He completed one semester before being called up into the military. He was wounded during his honorable service and turned to his art for help “ “Through the pain I learned how to paint too. Pain and painting, I learned the strange verbal connection” ( Walter Feldman: Notes on His Life and Work by James Schevill, p.14)

He returned to Yale in the Fall of 1946 and completed his BFA in 1950. He continued on at Yale for his graduate studies, his teachers included William de Kooning and Josef Albers. Both had a lasting influence on his work.

It was during the 1950s that Feldman absorbed the different artistic currents and forged his own style. 1953 was an important year for Feldman, he began his five decade long relationship with Brown University and had his first solo exhibtion at the "Artists Gallery" on Lexington Avenue in New York City.

His works in the 1953 exhibition were reviewed by many critics: A New York Times art review speaks to Feldman's transition toward abstraction. ‘These … have appealing qualities and they exemplify the main concern of many modern paintings - the reconciliation of subject matter with idiosyncratic and abstract painting language.’” (Bert Gallery) Art Critic Dore Aston of Art Digest reviewed Feldman’s 1953 exhibit and wrote “In his first one-man show, this young painter hovers between French cubism and German expressionist, using the flat decorative shapes of the former and the vigorous distorted figures of the latter. The two languages are agreeably synthesized in smaller still-lifes”. Critic Howard Devree of the New York Times wrote “the paintings exemplify the main concern of many modern painters—the reconciliation of subject matter with idiosyncratic and abstract painting language”. He concluded the show was “a remarkably mature first one-man exhibition of paintings…” (Walter Feldman: A Visual Profile by Gloria Barone, p.7-8.

Estimate $400-600

Sold for $200.00

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