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    BROR ALEXANDER UTTER (American, 1913-1993)
    Pitcher, Two Fish, and a Lobster, circa 1950
    Oil on canvas
    14 x 10 inches (35.6 x 25.4 cm)
    Signed lower left: Bror Utter

    From the Estate of Kelly Fearing.

    Vessels of many varieties formed an important component of Bror Utter's visual iconography. His compositions often incorporated urns, urns with lids, urns with and without handles, chalices, pitchers, libation cups, bowls, bowls with legs, vases, or conch shells, each of these forms seemingly plucked from some treasure chest of antiquity. In Utter's hands, the particular posture of a vessel could slyly suggest human attributes. Slim-waisted containers with wide mouths and bases appeared to lean and tilt with undeniable feminine energy. What all of these vessels were designed to contain was secondary to their beautiful lines and elegant forms. Indeed, Utter was transfixed throughout his life by the form and shape of things.

    Pitcher of Fishes combines Bror Utter's love of forms with his equally strong affinity for color. If painted in black and white this image would still intrigue, but when seen through a prism of Aegean-like blues, the pitcher becomes an unlikely yet effective crucible of life. Bror Utter's color sense was a constant source of wonder to his Fort Worth contemporaries and continues today as a main source of Utter's appeal.




    Condition Report*: Presnets very well in gold frame. Minor abrasions with paint loss on the extreme corners. Framed Dimensions 22 X 16 Inches
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    Auction Dates
    May, 2013
    11th Saturday
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