Sale IT215 Lot 1010
WALTER FELDMAN (AMERICAN, 1925-2017)
STUDY FOR THE SIGN OF THE EASTERN DESERT, 1957
Acrylic and ink on paper: 22 1/2 x 30 3/4 in. (full sheet)
Unframed; lower right signed and dated in graphite: Walter Feldman 1957
Kraushaar Gallery label
Note: 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 exhibition at the "Artists Gallery" on Lexington Avenue in New York City.
Sold for $300.00