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Spring Southern Estates Session I

Wed, Jun 1, 2022 10:00AM EDT
Lot 117

Purvis Young, White and Black Figures, Watercolor

Estimate: $150 - $250

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $10
$100 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$30,000 $2,500
$100,000 $5,000
$300,000 $10,000


Purvis Young (FL, 1943 - 2010), White and Black Figures, Watercolor on Computer Paper, signed in upper right, depicting abstracted figures on vintage computer paper, floating in a wood frame. Frame size: 21 1/2 in. x 17 1/2 in.

Purvis Young was a self-taught African-American artist known for his expressive collages and paintings. Made on found objects, including scrap metal, book pages, and discarded envelops. He did not receive any formal artistic training and it was during his incarceration at the Raiford State Penitentiary from 1961–1961 as a teenager, that he began drawing prolifically. Years later, Young’s artwork attracted the attention of Bernard Davis, the owner of the Miami Art Museum. Davis brought the artist’s work into the public eye, and by the 1970s, tourists and collectors regularly visited Young in Goodbread Alley where he lived and worked. Today, Young's works are held in the collections of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the American Folk Art Museum in New York, and the de Young Museum of Art in San Francisco, among others. (Artnet.com)

Measurements: Height: of paper 12 in. x Width: 8 1/2 in.


Good condition, wear to edges, some staining and foxing to paper, hole in center of paper, not viewed out of frame.