Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    GERTRUDE ABERCROMBIE (American, 1908-1977)
    The Ivory Tower, 1945
    Oil on masonite
    Signed and dated lower left: Abercrombie 45
    15 x 19 inches (38.1 x 48.3 cm)

    PROVENANCE:
    Associated American Artists, New York (label verso).

    EXHIBITED:
    San Francisco Museum of Art, "The Women", 1945.


    More Information:

    Born in Austin, Texas and raised in Illinois, Gertrude Abercrombie was among the most prominent and successful artists working in Chicago and one of many influential women strengthening the city's art scene from the late 1930s and into the 1960s.

    She was dubbed "Queen Gertrude" by her wide circle of bohemian friends, which included artists, writers, and musicians. 

    Her paintings reflect a regional magical surrealism with deeply personal psychological content.  Dreamlike landscapes bathed in moonlight and minimally furnished, pristine, and haunting interiors are hallmark themes.  Abercrombie's paintings rarely include anyone other than herself and nearly all of the objects she depicts are her own.  The tree outside her childhood home in Aledo, Illinois, her cat, her gloves, the Victorian furniture upholstered with beige and purple fabric and dark gray walls of her Chicago home can be found in several of her paintings. 

    Before her death, a retrospective exhibition of her work was held at the Hyde Park Art Center, displaying over 100 of her pieces.  Since her death in 1977, Abercrombie's reputation as an artist has grown as her paintings continue to be exhibited. On behalf of a grant awarded by the Judith Rothschild Foundation in New York, Abercrombie's paintings were featured in a 2005 group exhibition at the National Academy of Design Museum titled Surrealism U.S.A.

    Abercrombie's work is housed in the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.,  The Art Institute of Chicago, and The Illinois State Museum.



    Condition Report*: Overall in very good condition.  Small areas just above and to the right of the castle appear dark under UV light.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    This item cannot be shipped using standard methods. Please contact us for more information.

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    December, 2008
    11th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 1,712

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2019 March 9 - 10 Fine & Fine & Decorative Arts Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    I sent out several inquiries, but Moyun is the primary reason I went with Heritage. She is extremely knowledgeable.
    Linda H.,
    Washington, D.C.
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2014 November 21 Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass Signature Auction
    2014 November 21 Tiffany, Lalique & Art Glass Signature Auction
    REALIZED $1,441,296
    2014 November 17 American Art Signature Auction
    2014 November 17 American Art Signature Auction
    REALIZED $6,712,638
    2014 November 14 American Indian Art , Pre-Columbian, & Tribal Art Signature Auction
    2014 Nov 14 American Indian Art, Pre-Columbian & Tribal Art Auction
    REALIZED $441,524
    2014 November 8 Modern & Contemporary Art Signature Auction
    2014 November 8 Modern & Contemporary Art Signature Auction
    REALIZED $5,683,719
    2014 November 6 Silver & Vertu Signature Auction
    2014 November 6 Silver & Vertu Signature Auction
    REALIZED $439,980
    2014 October 18 The Belo Collection of Texas Art Signature Auction
    2014 October 18 The Belo Collection of Texas Art Signature Auction
    REALIZED $624,835
    2014 October 16 Photographs Signature Auction
    2014 October 16 Photographs Signature Auction
    REALIZED $824,108
    2014 September 28 Nature & Science Signature Auction
    2014 September 28 Nature & Science Signature Auction
    REALIZED $1,089,341
    2014 Sept 13-14 Gentleman Collector Signature Estate Auction
    2014 Sept 13-14 Gentleman Collector Signature Estate Auction
    REALIZED $1,725,292
    2018 October 12 Illustration Art - Dallas
    2018 October 12 Illustration Art - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $1,741,593