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Betty Parsons THE VASE
Lot 15
Price Realised: €13,000
Estimate: €8,000 - €12,000
Betty Parsons, American, 1900-1982 THE VASE (1972) Weathered wood painted, 28 1/2" x 15 1/2" (71 x 39cm), signed and date d1972 verso. Provenance: AM Sachs Gallery, New York (label verso); Private Collection, Dublin. Betty Parsons was... Read more
Lot 15 - THE VASE by Betty Parsons Lot 15 Betty Parsons THE VASE
Estimate: €8,000 - €12,000
Betty Parsons, American, 1900-1982
THE VASE (1972)
Weathered wood painted, 28 1/2" x 15 1/2" (71 x 39cm), signed and date d1972 verso.

Provenance: AM Sachs Gallery, New York (label verso); Private Collection, Dublin.

Betty Parsons was an American artist, art dealer, and one collector known for her early promotion of Abstract Expressionism.  She is regarded as one of the most influential and dynamic figures of the American avant-garde.

She studied at the Academie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris.  She was one of the pioneers of the found object, using driftwood to make colourful formal arrangements that can be considered both painting and sculpture.  Parsons opened her pioneering gallery on 57th Street, New York, in 1946.  She represented young avant-garde artists including Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Barnet Newman and Agnes Martin. Parsons visited Ireland many times, attracted by her friendship with the collector, Gordon Lambert and the artist Maria Simonds-Gooding.   

Parsons' work is held in many collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, DC; The Museum of Modern Art, New York and Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; 

The same year she produced this work her image was included in the iconic 1972 poster 'Some Living American Women Artists' by Mary Beth Edelson.
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