Description

    WILLIAM LESTER (1910-1991)
    Fire Escape, 1957
    Oil on canvas
    44 x 34 inches (111.8 x 86.4 cm)
    Signed, dated, and titled verso

    The interplay of geometric shapes and color provides the compositional device William Lester uses in this painting. Without the figure of the woman, this painting would pass as a non-representational geometric abstraction.

    The Panhandle Plains Historical Museum currently has an exhibition called Urban Texas: Images of an Evolving State. This painting by William Lester is an excellent example of one of Texas' most important artists moving from the rural subject matter of the Texas Regionalists to urban themes and modernism.

    Provenance:
    Estate of William Lester
    Valley House Gallery
    Acquired from the above by the present owner


    Condition Report*:

    Excellent condition, original canvas, very minor inpainting. Original artist-designed period frame in excellent condition.

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