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William Baziotes (1912-1963)

Beach Shadow

oil on canvas

24 x 30 in. (60.9 x 76.2 cm.)

Painted circa 1946-47.

Signature
Beach Shadow

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and growing up in Reading, Pennsylvania, William Baziotes was an Abstract Expressionist closely aligned with Gestural painting and Surrealism. He painted to express his own emotions about the mysteries of life and used rich colors symbolism.

He worked briefly for a newspaper and in a stained-glass factory where his friends encouraged his art talent. He moved to New York City in 1933 and studied for the next three years at the National Academy of Design, primarily with Leon Kroll. From 1936 to 1941, he was a WPA artist, working as a teacher and in the Easel Painting Division. In the early 1940s, he came under the influence of European Surrealists who were expatriates in New York, and he also experimented with Automatism. He was also close to Robert Motherwell and Mark Rothko, with whom he founded the Subjects of the Artists School in 1948. The previous year, he became "the first Abstract Expressionist to gain wide attention when he won a prize" at an exhibition at the Chicago Art Institute of abstract and surrealist art.

His signature work became biomorphic and amoebic forms against Cubist grids. Although his painting appears to have some overall organization, he said that he did not begin his paintings with a plan but that he painted intuitively. . ."the act of doing it becomes the experience."

He died in New York in 1963, and in 1965, a memorial exhibition of his work was held there at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Anderson Collection at Stanford University
Selected exhibitions
2021
The Mid Century Modern AestheticAlpha 137 Gallery
2020
MODERN & POST-WAR ARTWaterhouse & Dodd
2017
Exilic Pleasures: Surrealism Refuged in AmericaLeila Heller Gallery
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Beach Shadow

Oil on canvas
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C
Christie's

William Baziotes (1912-1963)

Beach Shadow

oil on canvas

24 x 30 in. (60.9 x 76.2 cm.)

Painted circa …

Signature
Beach Shadow

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and growing up in Reading, Pennsylvania, William Baziotes was an Abstract Expressionist closely aligned with Gestural painting and Surrealism. He painted to express his own emotions about the mysteries of life and used rich colors symbolism.

He worked briefly for a newspaper and in a stained-glass factory where his friends encouraged his art talent. He moved to New York City in 1933 and studied for the next three years at the National Academy of Design, primarily with Leon Kroll. From 1936 to 1941, he was a WPA artist, working as a teacher and in the Easel Painting Division. In the early 1940s, he came under the influence of European Surrealists who were expatriates in New York, and he also experimented with Automatism. He was also close to Robert Motherwell and Mark Rothko, with whom he founded the Subjects of the Artists School in 1948. The previous year, he became "the first Abstract Expressionist to gain wide attention when he won a prize" at an exhibition at the Chicago Art Institute of abstract and surrealist art.

His signature work became biomorphic and amoebic forms against Cubist grids. Although his painting appears to have some overall organization, he said that he did not begin his paintings with a plan but that he painted intuitively. . ."the act of doing it becomes the experience."

He died in New York in 1963, and in 1965, a memorial exhibition of his work was held there at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Anderson Collection at Stanford University
Selected exhibitions (3)