By the celebrated and increasingly sought-after Wisconsin-associated artist LUCIA STERN (1895-1987), this is a fine modernist collage of actual threads of various colors criss-crossing a painting on canvas that is primarily in silver paint, with painted dots, circles rectangles and other geometric forms completing the composition, which measures 17" by 14" plus attractive narrow blond wood frame (no glass). The work is not signed on the front but on the stretcher is the familiar estate stamp of the artist. Stern was born in Wisconsin and died there in the 1980's after a long and interesting life. Her 1930 marriage was followed by numerous trips to Europe, where she was exposed to the art of many modern artists including Matisse, Picasso, Man Ray and Naum Gabo. She befriended numerous members of the non-objective art movement, most notably Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, who painted her portrait and alongside whom her works were exhibited. Later in life Stern was a friend of Baroness Hilla Rebay, director of the Museum of Non-Objective Art in New York, which became the Guggenheim. Stern's works were not widely distributed until very recent years, when a trove of works were discovered in Los Angeles. In recent auction, an oil painting sold in the vicinity of $9,000 (that, of geometric shapes subject matter). Prices seem to be generally rising over the years as her contribution to modernist art becomes better known. Stern commonly utilized unusual materials in her compositions, including thread, paper, cut screen mesh, buttons, Lucite and other sources. Some of the delicate threads on this painting have broken, with time, and will need to be either replaced or repaired, and there are a few other small flaws, including fading of the inks used to make dots and other devices, and perhaps a small abrasion at lower left. A most unusual item, and a handsome conversation piece. See the net for a more detailed biography of this artist.
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