DescriptionBror Utter (American, 1913-1993)
Watercolor on paper
22 x 28 inches (55.9 x 71.1 cm)
Signed and dated lower right: Bror Utter 2/54
By descent to present owner, Judson Nail Petty.
Old Jail Art Center, Albany, Texas, nd;
Betty McLean Gallery, Dallas, Texas, nd.
Bror Utter was a leading member of the Fort Worth Circle, a group of artists that included Bill Bomar, Veronica Helfensteller, and Dickson Reeder. In
the 1930s and 1940s, these friends and collaborators grew together - developing styles influenced by Surrealism, Modernism, and Regionalism. In this
auction we are offering Whale, 1954, Opening Cabinets, ca. 1950, and four vibrant abstract works from the 1980s. Utter's works on paper are highly
sought after by collectors because of his reputation as a brilliant watercolorist.
Whale, from Utter's popular series of fish and sea creatures, was originally owned by fellow Fort Worth Circle artist, Bill Bomar, and exhibited at the Old
Jail Art Center in Albany, Texas. It comes to us through one of Bill Bomar's heirs and therefore, has never been offered before. It is special opportunity for
collectors to own a large, exceptional Utter from an important collection that highlights the close relationships between the Fort Worth Circle. Opening
Cabinets combines some of Utter's most archetypal subjects such as human figures, niches, cabinets, and vessels. Additionally, this work reflects Utter's
signature style with his unusual, muted, and precariously balanced use of color in conjunction with his expert handling of the gouache. The distinctive
palette, ambiguous space, and shifting perspectives found in Whale and Opening Cabinets create a dream-like quality that characterize Utter's in the late-
1940s and 1950s, as it became increasingly surrealistic.
More information about Utter, Bror, also known as Bror Alexander Utter.
Buyer's Premium per Lot:
25% on the first $100,000 (minimum $14), plus 20% of any amount between $100,000 and $1,000,000, plus 12% of any amount over $1,000,000 per lot.
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