Description

    BROR ALEXANDER UTTER (American, 1913-1993)
    Palatine Hills, 1955
    Watercolor on paper
    18 x 26 inches (45.7 x 66.0 cm) (image)
    Signed and dated lower right:

    PROVENANCE:
    Valley House Gallery Inc., Dallas (label verso).

    Bror Utter was one of the leaders of the artist group known as the Fort Worth Circle. He painted Palatine Hills in 1955. It was probably composed from the sketches he made while visiting Rome two years before. This watercolor depicts the Imperial building complex which was the centermost of the Seven Hills of Rome upon which the city was built. The historic Roman subject was the perfect vehicle for Utter's favorite styles and themes. Utter was always fascinated with Roman arches, niches and compartments. He also uses a distorted grid structure to create mismatching planes throughout the composition. This kind of abstraction is almost always present in his skies. The painting's precariously harmonized and eccentric colors are hallmarks of his sophisticated style. All of these elements combine in Palatine Hills to create the surreal quality, brooding mood, and sense of timelessness that characterize his work.


    Condition Report*:

    Presents well overall. No apparent condition issues. Not examined outside of frame. Framed under glass. Framed Dimensions 29.75 X 36.75 Inches

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