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    PAUL KELPE (American, 1902-2002)
    Untitled, 1930
    Watercolor and ink on paper
    6 x 5 inches (15.2 x 12.7 cm) widow
    Signed and dated lower left: Paul Kelpe / 1930

    David Dike Fine Art, Dallas (label verso).

    Paul Kelpe painted in an abstract manner that was based on Constructivism, Cubism, and geometric abstraction. He studied art in Hanover, Germany, and was influenced by the work of modernist artists such as Wassily Kandinsky, El Lissitsky, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Naum Gabo, and Kurt Schwitters. Kelpe developed a style of carefully applied paint, devoid of visible brush strokes, within geometric forms. This small watercolor is characteristic of his works on paper.

    Kelpe is a nationally acclaimed artist who immigrated to the United States in 1925 and spent several years in New Jersey and New York City. In the early 1930s, he settled in Chicago where he was a WPA (Works Progress Administration) muralist. Kelpe returned to New York City in the 1940s and 1950s, then moved in 1969 to Austin, Texas, where he taught at East Texas Teachers College.

    Condition Report*: The watercolor has been examined it out of the frame. The paper has been properly hinged with archival tape. There is some toning and a handling crease in the left margin that does not extend into the image. There are pin holes on the four corners of the paper outside the margin. There are four very small points of foxing. (There is one small brown square to the left of the pink dot, which is part of the composition. It is outlined with a darker brown. It is not foxing.) Overall, the condition is good commensurate with age.  
    *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. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    Auction Dates
    July, 2009
    16th Thursday
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