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Modern 1960 painting lady in a window by Bill Morrow (1939-1962)
This is a really special painting by a mid century artist who is apparently lost to art history, Bill Morrow. After an extensive online search, the only reference I can find to him is that he was a lover of Italian novelist Elsa Morante (1912-1985) , and that, possibly under the influence of LSD, he jumped from a Manhattan skyscraper at age 23 in 1962 (New York Times, September 14, 2008). The painting, on masonite, measures 24 1/2" by 17" in its thin white wood strip frame. The work is quite powerful, suggesting the alienation and loneliness of modern life in the city. The lady's angst is palpable, as she stands alone in her window, the "Rooms" sign at lower left. No doubt, Morrow was thinking of Edward Hopper when he painted this work. The artist's early death is clearly the reason he does not have a higher profile today. Condition is excellent.
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