This magnificent, large Natkin (66 inches by 78 inches) signed framed acrylic on canvas painting bears the original label from the renowned Andre Emmerich Gallery label verso. It was created in the early 1970s, one of the more desirable eras of the artist's career. Robert Natkin was, famously, one of the first living artists to be awarded a $1 million commission to do a monumental painting for the lobby of the News Corporation building in Midtown Manhattan - a work that remains there to this day.
"Intimate Lighting" is a poignant, expressive and in some ways subtle work. In very good condition. It was de-accessioned from a NYC corporate collection which acquired it from Emmerich gallery.
Signature: Signed on the recto
Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York
About Robert Natkin
Painter Robert Natkin was known for his lyrical abstract forms, applied in vivid, Post-Impressionist-inspired colors. He used both a paintbrush and palette knife to apply his bright acrylic paints to his canvas, sometimes also using cloths or netting as stencils. Though he made a number of series based on popular culture, like Hitchcock’s films and jazz, he declined to think of his work as deliberately narrative. “I sew together fragments of cloth unaware of the dress I’m sewing, unaware of its final look and function,” he once said. On occasion, his subjects were figural; a late series featured abstract heads and busts. Natkin was also famously mischievous. Among his other antics, his daughter recounted an instance in which Natkin licked a Vermeer painting at the Frick Collection when no one was looking.
American, 1930-2010, Chicago, Illinois