Jim Dine, ‘In the Woods’, Christie's

Jim Dine (b. 1935)

In the Woods

signed and dated 'Jim Dine 1993' (upper edge)

charcoal, oil and shellac on canvas mounted on panel

41 1/2 x 44 3/4 in. (105.4 x 113.6 cm.)

Executed in 1993.

Signature: signed and dated 'Jim Dine 1993' (upper edge)

New York, Pace Gallery, Jim Dine: Ape & Cat, October-November 1993, p. 35 (illustrated).

Pace Wildenstein, New York, acquired directly from the artist

Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1994

About Jim Dine

Although often associated with both Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism, Jim Dine did not identify with a specific movement, producing a vast oeuvre of paintings, drawings, works on paper, sculpture, poetry, and performances. Emerging as a pioneer (together with Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg, and Robert Whitman) of New York’s Happenings of the 1960s, Dine would carry the spontaneous energy of this movement throughout his style, which emphasized the exploration of everyday life. Personally significant objects were Dine’s primary motifs, as in his iconic series of hearts and robes. He championed a return to figuration after a period of more concept-dominated works, and is considered an important figure in Neo-Dada and a forerunner of Neo-Expressionism. “The figure is still the only thing I have faith in in terms of how much emotion it’s charged with and how much subject matter is there,” he once said.

American, b. 1935, Cincinnati, Ohio, based in New York, Paris and Walla Walla, Washington