This colorful geometric abstract oil painting was done by American artist Sewell Sillman (1924-1992). Sewell was born in Savannah, Georgia and became a student and protege of Josef Albers. To a generation of students, Sewell Sillman was known as an inspired teacher who set rigorous standards for concept and technical execution in his courses on color and drawing. He taught at Yale University and the Rhode Island School of Design before joining the University of Pennsylvania as a professor of art in 1985. He retired in 1990. Sillman elaborated on the formal exercises that were the focus of his teaching, producing strict geometric forms that resulted from laying down self-imposed limitations and exploring their visual possibilities. His work was exhibited at the Sidney Janis and the Stable galleries in New York City, and in 1987 he had a one-man show at the Denise Rene gallery in Paris. His work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Phillips Collection in Washington.
Abstract oil on masonite, inscribed on verso “N. 62, oil on masonite, Si Sillman, March Entry,” and housed in a simple modern aluminum frame. Dimensions: 24” h x 35 ½” w, sight; 24 ½” h x 36” w, framed.
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