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Signature: Signed and dated lower right: "Hartigan '53"
New York: Tibor de Nagy Gallery, "Solo Exhibition," 31 March - 18 April 1953, (label verso).
Poughkeepsie, NY: Vassar College Art Gallery, "Paintings by Grace George Hartigan," 25 October - 24 November 1954, (Label verso above annotated with "Vassar Exhibit" and "Mr. and Mrs. Merlyn Pizele"). Listed in catalogue flyer as work #7, collection of Mr. and Mrs. M.S. Pizele.
New York: Gruenebaum Gallery, circa 1983 (label verso).
Hartigan, Grace. "The Journals of Grace Hartigan 1951-1955" (Syracuse University Press, 2009), pp. 109, 110, and 156.
Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York, NY (1953, label verso)
Mr. and Mrs. Merlyn Pizele, New York, NY (1954-circa 1983)
Gruenebaum Gallery, New York, NY (circa 1983, label verso)
Private collection, Dallas, TX (circa 1983-2011)
Critics and historians have called Grace Hartigan both a second-generation Abstract Expressionist painter and a forebear of Pop art, though she was not satisfied with either categorization. In explaining the content and purpose of her work, Hartigan once said: “perhaps the subject of my art is like the definition of humor—emotional pain remembered in tranquility.” Hartigan painted intensely colored, gestural figures, inspired by coloring books, film, canonical painting, and advertising. She was a disciple of Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, and also studied with Isaac Lane Muse. She gained early critical attention when in 1950, she was included in Clement Greenberg and Meyer Schapiro’s “New Talents” exhibition. In 1958, Hartigan was hailed by Life magazine as one of the best young female American painters.
American, 1922-2008, New Jersey, United States