This is a very early work, circa 1962-1964, by the listed gallery artist RICHARD SEGALMAN (1934-), the subject an old woman, seated, attending to some knitting. The piece is on thin paper, measuring 11" by 7 3/4" inside the mat and 20 1/2" by 15 1/2" in the original framing, which bears on the reverse the pre-zip code (early 1960's) label of Kaymar Gallery on West Broadway in New York City. In the artist biography, which includes an exceptionally long list of galleries and other venues in which the Segalman's work has appeared in the past five decades, the very earliest gallery showing of the artist's work is given as that very same Kaymar Gallery (in 1962-1964). Segalman was born in 1934. He studied at the Parsons School of Design from 1951-1955, and at the Art Students League and the New School for Social Research in the 1960's. The Harmon-Meek Gallery in Naples, Florida recently published a book of the artist's pastels of the past thirty some years. Works in oil, and drawings, have appeared at auction around the country, reflecting the wide geographic distribution of the solo and group shows in which his work was exposed. This charcoal drawing is a sensitive figure study. Segalman's works usually feature figures, usually clothed but sometimes nude, either alone or in small groups, in interiors or familiar locations such as beaches. These sorts of studies of our fellow human beings are timeless and popular with art lovers everywhere. The drawing has a few imperfections such as ripples and old creases at upper right and right edge, but they do not diminish the visual appeal of the drawing. .
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