HARRY BERTOIA (American, 1915-1978)
    Untitled (Monotype), c. 1940
    Monotype and ink on rice paper
    17-3/4 x 23-3/4 inches (45.0 x 60.3 cm)
    Initialed and inscribed lower right: HB 650

    Private Collection, Chapel Hill, NC

    Born in Italy, Harry Bertoia was an American sculpture and designer. Both his graphic and sculptural works exemplify a combination of organic shapes as well as intricately created textured details. In this "Untitled" work from circa 1940, Bertoia employs these elements to create a wonderfully complex and well balanced composition. Using colored inks on rice paper, the field is expertly manipulated to created both bold elements as well as a richly textured ground. It is known that Bertoia would purposely not sign or title many works of art because of his belief that his creations were part of a universe that God had designed; and so therefore he did not want to have any influence on another person's imagination which is why this artwork is initialed verso.

    Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000.

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    Framed using an acid-free mat float, an acid-free mat, a black and red wood exterior frame and conservation clear UV protective glass Framed Dimensions 26 X 32 Inches

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    October, 2012
    23rd Tuesday
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