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Auction Name: 2021 May 22 Texas Art Signature Auction
Lot Number: 75019
Shortcut to Lot: HA.com/8017-75019
Bror Utter (American, 1913-1993)Harlequin
Oil on board
24 x 18 inches (61.0 x 45.7 cm)
Signed lower right: Bror Utter
Private collection, Texas.
Bror Utter was a famed member of the Fort Worth Circle. This group was the center of many accolades and praise from the art community of the 1940s. During this time Utter would exhibit his work at Weyhe Galleries and the Brooklyn Museum. His work is now displayed prominently in the Dallas Museum of Art, the prestigious Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the Old Jail Art Center in Albany, Texas.
The Fort Worth Circle rejected the aesthetics of Impressionism, which was the main influence for many Texas artists, and instead used European Modernism as a basis for their aesthetics. Utter's work was especially different, his subjects were often dancers, harlequins, and theater professionals. Eventually, he evolved into something he called, "organic biomorphic abstractionist paintings" which kept the movement of his earlier work but pushed the limits of abstraction, layering in symbolism and other mystical elements to his paintings. Harlequin
is an extremely rare example of his early theatrical themed works and a special opportunity for early Texas art collectors.
Board is convex. Under UV exam, there appears to be inpaint including: a 1/2 inch spot in the figures chin. No other visible issues.
Framed Dimensions 34 X 28 Inches
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