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Felrath Hines (American, 1913-1993) Blue Painting

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American & European Works of Art - 3248B
Date / Time :
May 10, 2019 10:00AM


Felrath Hines (American, 1913-1993)

Blue Painting
Titled, dated, and signed or inscribed "...1970/.../FELRATH HINES/121 W 88 ST NYC" on the frame backing and with a label from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, affixed to the frame backing.
Oil on canvas, 48 x 48 in. (122.0 x 122.0 cm), framed.
Condition: Craquelure, flaking l.l., abrasions c.r. and l.c., canvas dents u.r. and l.r., scattered accretions, surface grime.

Exhibitions: Afro-American Artists: New York and Boston, Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, May 19–June 23, 1970.

N.B. An artist and conservator, Felrath Hines was a founding member of Spiral, a group of African American visual artists organized by Romare Bearden in New York in 1963 in response to the civil rights movement. His Blue Painting was included in the landmark exhibition Afro-American Artists: New York and Boston at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts in 1970. While actively participating in the New York arts scene as a painter, Hines maintained a respected conservation studio whose clients included the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and artist Georgia O'Keeffe. He concluded his conservation career in Washington, DC, as Chief Conservator of the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery and, later, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, after which he devoted his attentions entirely to painting.
Estimate $5,000-7,000

The areas of small paint losses at lower left, lower center, and center right appear to be scuffs. The largest of these at lower center measures approximately 5 inches in width. There is a network of circular craquelure surrounding the dent at upper right. There are scattered spots of light-colored paint (it is not known if these are later accretions or if they occurred as part of the artist's process).

Framed dimensions: 49 x 49 in.

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Georgia O'Keeffe, Conservator, Washington, DC, American art, Artists, Draft:The Life and Art of Felrath Hines: From Dark to Light, Felrath Hines, Guggenheim Fellows, Modern painters, National Center of Afro-American Artists, Romare Bearden, Visual art of the United States, Visual arts