Untitled [Girl with Book]

Lee Gatch (1902 – 1968)
Oil on canvas laid to masonite
Circa: 1930
Size: 10" (w) x 13" (h) (sight)
An early, strong and haunting work by Lee Gatch. The work has a Matthew Prior-esque composition, though more eerie—the child's face is painted with a strange mix of chiaroscuro and deliberate flatness, her right arm is burning red while her left hand has short stubbly fingers (and possibly missing fingers).

Gatch’s works were exhibited at the American pavilions at the Venice Biennales. Twice Gatch was the subject of comprehensive retrospectives...1956 at The Phillips Collection in Washington DC and then 1960 at The Whitney Museum, New York (then it toured the country).

Early collectors were collector Duncan Phillips and the art dealer J.B. Neumann, today his work is in the collection of the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Phillips Collection, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, among other museums.

A work with a similar feel, entitled. "Thirty," listed from the collection of the influential Mr. & Mrs. Phillip A. Bruno (former director of Marlborough Gallery) is pictured as catalog #6, in the book, LEE GATCH, 1960, The American Federation of Arts.


Provenance: Grace Borgenicht Gallery; Richard B. Sisson, private (by descent)

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Condition: Excellent. Frame is not original but period to the painting.

Price: $3,800.00

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