Sean Scully

Irish, b. 1945

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Demonstrating an unwavering commitment to abstraction, Sean Scully’s paintings and works on paper combine an underlying geometric structure with soft edges and uneven application of pigment. Scully’s compositions often employ stripes, grids, and …

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Liliane #3, 2010
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spitbite and hard ground etching, on wove paper
71.0 x 86.0 cm
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Jun 23, 2021
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Sugarlift, spitbite and hard ground etching, 2010, on wove paper, signed and numbered 28/40 in pencil, the full sheet, in very good condition Sheet 860 x 710mm. (34 x 28in.)
Liliane #3, 2010
spitbite and hard ground etching, on wove paper
Jun 23, 2021
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71.0 x 86.0 cm
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Sugarlift, spitbite and hard ground etching, 2010, on wove paper, signed and numbered 28/40 in pencil, the full sheet, in very good condition Sheet 860 x 710mm. (34 x 28in.)
Liliane #1, 2010
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spitbite and hard ground etching, on wove paper
71.0 x 86.0 cm
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Jun 23, 2021
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Sugarlift, spitbite and hard ground etching, 2010, on wove paper, signed and numbered 28/40, the full sheet, in very good condition Sheet 860 x 710mm. (34 x 28in.)
Liliane #1, 2010
spitbite and hard ground etching, on wove paper
Jun 23, 2021
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71.0 x 86.0 cm
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Sugarlift, spitbite and hard ground etching, 2010, on wove paper, signed and numbered 28/40, the full sheet, in very good condition Sheet 860 x 710mm. (34 x 28in.)
Untitled (10.14.96), 1996
Sold on Jun 19, 2021
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Pastel, on Saunders Waterford Series
76.2 x 57.5 cm
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Jun 19, 2021
Ketterer Kunst
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Untitled (10.14.96). 1996. Pastel. Lower right signed, dated and betitelt "10.14.96". On Saunders Waterford Series (with the blindstamp). 57.5 x 76.2 cm (22.6 x 30 in), nearly the full sheet. [CH]. • In the combination of straight lines, soft edges, warm tones, rectangular color fields and checkerboard patterns as well as a slight asymmetry, Scully created a tension-filled work. • Comparable pastels by the artist can be found at, among others, the Metropolitan Museum, New York, and London's Tate Gallery. • In the year this work was made a comprehensive traveling exhibition with shows at the Museum Folkwang, Essen, the Denver Art Museum and the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich was devoted to the artist's works on paper. PROVENANCE: Timothy Taylor Gallery, London (with a gallery label on the reverse). Private collection (acquired from the above). Private collection (acquired from the above). EXHIBITION: Sean Scully, Moving or Profound or Necessary or Beautiful, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, April 11 - June 28, 2015, pp. 86f. (with color illu.). "I paint in layers and the edges are complex and indeterminate. That gives my pictures a real reference to time and work: a real person carried them out, investing real time and doing real work [.]. I use stripes and ribbons and lines and checkerboard patterns to create rhythm. I want to constantly create new combinations, figures and connections that are like the rhythm of the music of life [.]. " Sean Scully, 1996, quote from: Kirsten Claudia Voigt (editors), Inner. Gesammelte Schriften und ausgewählte Interviews von Sean Scully, Berlin 2018, p. 54. Called up: June 19, 2021 - ca. 14.49 h +/- 20 min.
Untitled (10.14.96), 1996
Pastel, on Saunders Waterford Series
Jun 19, 2021
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Work on Paper
76.2 x 57.5 cm
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Jun 19, 2021
Ketterer Kunst
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Untitled (10.14.96). 1996. Pastel. Lower right signed, dated and betitelt "10.14.96". On Saunders Waterford Series (with the blindstamp). 57.5 x 76.2 cm (22.6 x 30 in), nearly the full sheet. [CH]. • In the combination of straight lines, soft edges, warm tones, rectangular color fields and checkerboard patterns as well as a slight asymmetry, Scully created a tension-filled work. • Comparable pastels by the artist can be found at, among others, the Metropolitan Museum, New York, and London's Tate Gallery. • In the year this work was made a comprehensive traveling exhibition with shows at the Museum Folkwang, Essen, the Denver Art Museum and the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich was devoted to the artist's works on paper. PROVENANCE: Timothy Taylor Gallery, London (with a gallery label on the reverse). Private collection (acquired from the above). Private collection (acquired from the above). EXHIBITION: Sean Scully, Moving or Profound or Necessary or Beautiful, Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo, São Paulo, April 11 - June 28, 2015, pp. 86f. (with color illu.). "I paint in layers and the edges are complex and indeterminate. That gives my pictures a real reference to time and work: a real person carried them out, investing real time and doing real work [.]. I use stripes and ribbons and lines and checkerboard patterns to create rhythm. I want to constantly create new combinations, figures and connections that are like the rhythm of the music of life [.]. " Sean Scully, 1996, quote from: Kirsten Claudia Voigt (editors), Inner. Gesammelte Schriften und ausgewählte Interviews von Sean Scully, Berlin 2018, p. 54. Called up: June 19, 2021 - ca. 14.49 h +/- 20 min.
Fire, 1984
Sold on Jun 18, 2021
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Oil on canvas
61.0 x 61.0 cm
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Jun 18, 2021
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Fire. 1984. Oil on canvas. Price 1984.07. Signed, dated and titled on the reverse. Stretcher inscribed with the dimensions and with a direction arrow. 61 x 61 cm (24 x 24 in). • In the early 1980s Scully found his very own, unmistakable imagery. • Other paintings from the same year are in possession of, among others, the Metropolitan Museum, New York, and Tate Gallery in London. • Part of a southern German private collection for almost 20 years. • With its harmonious, particularly balanced structure and colors, the work is seminal in Scully's oeuvre. • The surface's matt-glossy materiality, the painterly brushwork, the warm colors and the color field's liveliness make for a painting with a sensual, almost sculptural effect. PROVENANCE: Juda Rowan Gallery, London (October 1984). Galerij S65 / August Hoviele, Aalst/Belgium. Galerie Walter Storms, Munich. Private collection Southern Germany. EXHIBITION: Sean Scully. Schilderijen - Tekeningen, Galerij S65, Aalst/Belgium, October 26 - December 2, 1984. LITERATURE: Maria Price, Sean Scully. Catalogue raisonné of the paintings, vol. 2 (1980-1989), Stuttgart 2018, cat. no. 1984.07, p. 113 (with illu.). "My paintings are all about stripes. [..] A stripe is a note, many stripes make a chord, all are played by hand. Through work and attention, I try to give the surface a mature and resonant feeling." Sean Scully, September 1981, in: Kelly Grovier / Kirsten C. Voigt (editors), Inner. Gesammelte Schriften und ausgewählte Interviews von Sean Scully, Berlin 2018, p. 12. Called up: June 18, 2021 - ca. 18.48 h +/- 20 min.
Fire, 1984
Oil on canvas
Jun 18, 2021
Ketterer Kunst
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61.0 x 61.0 cm
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Jun 18, 2021
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Fire. 1984. Oil on canvas. Price 1984.07. Signed, dated and titled on the reverse. Stretcher inscribed with the dimensions and with a direction arrow. 61 x 61 cm (24 x 24 in). • In the early 1980s Scully found his very own, unmistakable imagery. • Other paintings from the same year are in possession of, among others, the Metropolitan Museum, New York, and Tate Gallery in London. • Part of a southern German private collection for almost 20 years. • With its harmonious, particularly balanced structure and colors, the work is seminal in Scully's oeuvre. • The surface's matt-glossy materiality, the painterly brushwork, the warm colors and the color field's liveliness make for a painting with a sensual, almost sculptural effect. PROVENANCE: Juda Rowan Gallery, London (October 1984). Galerij S65 / August Hoviele, Aalst/Belgium. Galerie Walter Storms, Munich. Private collection Southern Germany. EXHIBITION: Sean Scully. Schilderijen - Tekeningen, Galerij S65, Aalst/Belgium, October 26 - December 2, 1984. LITERATURE: Maria Price, Sean Scully. Catalogue raisonné of the paintings, vol. 2 (1980-1989), Stuttgart 2018, cat. no. 1984.07, p. 113 (with illu.). "My paintings are all about stripes. [..] A stripe is a note, many stripes make a chord, all are played by hand. Through work and attention, I try to give the surface a mature and resonant feeling." Sean Scully, September 1981, in: Kelly Grovier / Kirsten C. Voigt (editors), Inner. Gesammelte Schriften und ausgewählte Interviews von Sean Scully, Berlin 2018, p. 12. Called up: June 18, 2021 - ca. 18.48 h +/- 20 min.
Double Window (1998), 1998
Sold on Jun 3, 2021
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oil on canvas
122.0 x 137.0 cm
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€557,000
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Jun 3, 2021
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signé, titré et daté 98 au dos huile sur toile 137 x 122 cm; 54 x 48 ⅛ in. Exécuté en 1998.
Double Window (1998), 1998
oil on canvas
Jun 3, 2021
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122.0 x 137.0 cm
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Jun 3, 2021
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€557,000
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signé, titré et daté 98 au dos huile sur toile 137 x 122 cm; 54 x 48 ⅛ in. Exécuté en 1998.
Square Light I, 1988
Sold on May 26, 2021
$3,315
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Soap-ground and spit-bite aquatint in colors on wove paper
52.7 x 52.7 cm
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$3,315
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May 26, 2021
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1988 Soap-ground and spit-bite aquatint in colors on wove paper, signed in pencil, titled, dated '88' and annotated 'TPB' (a proof, aside from the edition of 25), with the blindstamps of the publisher/printer, Crown Point Press/Brian Shure, San Francisco, with full margins, framed. 20 3/4 x 20 3/4in (52.7 x 52.7cm) sheet 33 3/4 x 30 1/2in (85.7 x 77.4cm)
Square Light I, 1988
Soap-ground and spit-bite aquatint in colors on wove paper
May 26, 2021
Bonhams
$3,315
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52.7 x 52.7 cm
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May 26, 2021
Bonhams
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$3,315
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1988 Soap-ground and spit-bite aquatint in colors on wove paper, signed in pencil, titled, dated '88' and annotated 'TPB' (a proof, aside from the edition of 25), with the blindstamps of the publisher/printer, Crown Point Press/Brian Shure, San Francisco, with full margins, framed. 20 3/4 x 20 3/4in (52.7 x 52.7cm) sheet 33 3/4 x 30 1/2in (85.7 x 77.4cm)
"Landline Blue Black", 2016
Sold on May 7, 2021
€5,180
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aquatint etching in color on wove paper
25.0 x 37.5 cm
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€5,180
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May 7, 2021
Dorotheum
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aquatint etching in color on wove paper, signed and dated Sean Scully 16 as well as titled, no. 25 from the edition of 30 numbered impressions, plate size 37.5 x 25 cm, sheet size 71.2 x 53.5 cm , printed by Harlan & Weaver / New York and published by Hatje Cantz / Berlin, Sean Scully no. SS2760, framed, (RAC)
"Landline Blue Black", 2016
aquatint etching in color on wove paper
May 7, 2021
Dorotheum
€5,180
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25.0 x 37.5 cm
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May 7, 2021
Dorotheum
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€5,180
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aquatint etching in color on wove paper, signed and dated Sean Scully 16 as well as titled, no. 25 from the edition of 30 numbered impressions, plate size 37.5 x 25 cm, sheet size 71.2 x 53.5 cm , printed by Harlan & Weaver / New York and published by Hatje Cantz / Berlin, Sean Scully no. SS2760, framed, (RAC)
Helena, 1993
Sold on Mar 23, 2021
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oil on three attached canvases
177.8 x 203.2 cm
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Mar 23, 2021
Christie's
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SEAN SCULLY (b. 1945) signed, titled and dated 'Sean Scully 93 'HELENA'' (on the reverse) oil on three attached canvases 80 x 70in. (203.2 x 177.8cm.) Painted in 1993
Helena, 1993
oil on three attached canvases
Mar 23, 2021
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177.8 x 203.2 cm
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Mar 23, 2021
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SEAN SCULLY (b. 1945) signed, titled and dated 'Sean Scully 93 'HELENA'' (on the reverse) oil on three attached canvases 80 x 70in. (203.2 x 177.8cm.) Painted in 1993
Harvard/Cambridge Mass, 1972
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watercolour on paper
86.36 x 66.04 cm
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Mar 19, 2021
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signed, titled and dated 72 watercolour on paper 66 by 86.4 cm. 26 by 34 in. framed: 80.5 by 99.5 cm. 31⅝ by 39⅛ in.
Harvard/Cambridge Mass, 1972
watercolour on paper
Mar 19, 2021
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86.36 x 66.04 cm
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Mar 19, 2021
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signed, titled and dated 72 watercolour on paper 66 by 86.4 cm. 26 by 34 in. framed: 80.5 by 99.5 cm. 31⅝ by 39⅛ in.
Untitled (7.20.91)
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pastel on paper
76.2 x 57.15 cm
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Mar 19, 2021
Sotheby's
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signed and dated 7.20.91 pastel on paper 57 by 76 cm. 22½ by 30 in. framed: 66 by 86 cm. 26 by 33¾ in.
Untitled (7.20.91)
pastel on paper
Mar 19, 2021
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76.2 x 57.15 cm
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Mar 19, 2021
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signed and dated 7.20.91 pastel on paper 57 by 76 cm. 22½ by 30 in. framed: 66 by 86 cm. 26 by 33¾ in.