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    ROBERT KULICKE (American, 1924-2007)
    Yellow Flowers in a Glass Jar, 1976
    Oil on board
    8-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches (21.6 x 21.0 cm)
    Signed and dated lower center: Kulicke '76

    FROM THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST

    PROVENANCE:
    Paul Moro, Inc., New York;
    Davis & Long Company, New York.

    EXHIBITED:
    Davis & Long Company, New York, "Robert M. Kulicke," November 27-December 18, 1976;
    Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina, October 30-November 27, 1983.

    Robert Kulicke was born and raised in Philadelphia. After serving three years in the Army during World War II, Kulicke became interested in picture framing. Prior to opening his own framing business in New York City in 1951, he traveled to Paris on the G.I. Bill, studied painting with Fernand Léger, and apprenticed himself to several framers. Back in New York he befriended the Abstract Expressionists Franz Kline and Robert Motherwell, and designed frames based on a simple band of polished aluminum that would be used on hundreds of works by these and other Modernists. The "Kulicke frame," a tasteful welded design, was commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art in 1956 for use in traveling exhibitions; he subsequently also designed a Lucite frame for the museum's photography collection. A floating frame he created in the late 1950s was used by the Modern on some of its most popular masterpieces after the museum's expansion in 1984. For these widely-imitated designs, The New York Times referred to Kulicke as "the most innovative and influential picture frame designer in the United States."

    Discouraged by Léger's emphasis on large compositions, Kulicke stopped painting until 1957, when he was commissioned to frame some 300 small still life paintings by Giorgio Morandi. Inspired by Morandi's work, Kulicke began making diminutive studies of flowers or a single fruit, which he described as "more 17th century than 20th." These were exhibited in museums and several New York galleries, and are now represented in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.


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