Kimber Smith, ‘Large cat’, 1975, Koller Auctions

Signature: Monogrammed lower left: KS, as well as monogrammed, dated and titled on the reverse: KS 1980 LARGE CAT, further with the measurements and direction arrow.

Image rights: Courtesy of Koller Auktionen

1984 Zurich, Kimber Smith. Arbeiten auf Leinwand und Papier von 1952 bis 1981. Galerie Knoedler, Zurich, no. 9 (with ill.).

Galerie Turske & Turske, Zurich (with the label on the reverse).

Purchased from the above by the present owner; since then privately owned Switzerland.

About Kimber Smith

Abstract Expressionist Kimber Smith painted subtle compositions of washy colors and shapes. Although perhaps better known for his friendships with Helen Frankenthaler and Joan Mitchell, Smith forged a distinct, intensely personal style, employing an original lexicon of forms and marks—circles and arcs, zigzags and angles. Although aligned with the aesthetic and techniques of Color Field painting and Abstract Expressionism, Smith’s preoccupation with symbols and structure was distinctive. “Structure interests me…it holds things together,” he said. “I am often called a colorist, which is maybe true, but I couldn’t care less about color.”

American, 1922-1981, Boston, Massachusetts

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