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Norman W. Lewis

Untitled (Urban Abstraction)., circa 1949

Brush, ink and wash on cream wove paper
24 × 19 in
61 × 48.3 cm
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Swann Auction Galleries

610x483 mm; 24x19 inches.

Signed in pencil, lower right.

Provenance: Cheryl Sutton and Associates, …

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610x483 mm; 24x19 inches.

Signed in pencil, lower right.

Provenance: Cheryl Sutton and Associates, Cary, North Carolina; Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia (1995), with the gallery labels on the frame back; private collection, Philadelphia.

Norman W. Lewis
American, 1909–1979
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Born in Harlem and working within New York City’s downtown art scene, Norman Wilfred Lewis first began painting in a figural style grounded in social realism, focusing on bread lines, police brutality, and the struggles of black Americans. Lewis transitioned to a more abstract style of art during the 1940s and 1950s, continuing to focus on social inequalities but growing increasingly interested in personal expression rather than representation. Lewis’s shift to abstraction was driven in part by his realization that reproducing or mirroring social conditions did not adequately reflect his goals as an artist. His work Evening Rendezvous, for example, addresses political activism and humanitarian concerns through hazy visuals inspired by clandestine Ku Klux Klan gatherings.

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About the work
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Swann Auction Galleries

610x483 mm; 24x19 inches.

Signed in pencil, lower right.

Provenance: Cheryl Sutton and Associates, …

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610x483 mm; 24x19 inches.

Signed in pencil, lower right.

Provenance: Cheryl Sutton and Associates, Cary, North Carolina; Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia (1995), with the gallery labels on the frame back; private collection, Philadelphia.

Norman W. Lewis
American, 1909–1979
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Born in Harlem and working within New York City’s downtown art scene, Norman Wilfred Lewis first began painting in a figural style grounded in social realism, focusing on bread lines, police brutality, and the struggles of black Americans. Lewis transitioned to a more abstract style of art during the 1940s and 1950s, continuing to focus on social inequalities but growing increasingly interested in personal expression rather than representation. Lewis’s shift to abstraction was driven in part by his realization that reproducing or mirroring social conditions did not adequately reflect his goals as an artist. His work Evening Rendezvous, for example, addresses political activism and humanitarian concerns through hazy visuals inspired by clandestine Ku Klux Klan gatherings.

Norman W. Lewis

Untitled (Urban Abstraction)., circa 1949

Brush, ink and wash on cream wove paper
24 × 19 in
61 × 48.3 cm
Bidding closed
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