DescriptionJAN MATULKA (American, 1890-1972)
Manhattan View with Bridge, circa 1926
Conte crayon on paper
8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm)
Signed lower right: Matulka
Estate stamped verso
Estate of the Artist;
Private collection, Chicago.
"Jan Matulka: The Global Modernist," a touring exhibition organized with the estate of Jan Matulka and the Montclair Art Museum (September 2004 - June 2006): Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, September 19, 2004-January 16, 2005; Greenville County Museum of Art, March 1-May 1, 2005; Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, June 18-July 24, 2005; Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, Athens, August 27-November 27, 2005; Avampato Discovery Museum, Charleston, January 14-March 26, 2006; The Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, April 9-May 28, 2006.
Jan Matulka: The Global Modernist, essay by Whitney Rugg, 2004, cat. no. 30, ill. p. 44.
As Whitney Rugg noted: "Among Matulka's most famous works of this period [1920s] are graphic representations of New York architecture. His cityscapes, rendered in black conte crayon and often worked into prints, employ a dense layout of positive and negative shapes to amplify the stacked verticality of the skyline. Despite their emphasis on the unremitting linearity of the city, Matulka incorporated signed of human life, such as billowing chimneys, billboards, and tugboats, into the compositions" (Jan Matulka: The Global Modernist, 2004, p. 15).
Slight paper creasing in corners; 3 tiny tears along top edge; minor handling marks; othewise visibly good condition; not examined outside of frame; frame dimensions: 15 x 17".
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