Wolf Kahn (1927-2020) Evening Encampment 36 1/2 x 52 3/8in (92.7 x 133cm) (Painted in 1974.)

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Lot 7W
Wolf Kahn
(1927-2020)
Evening Encampment 36 1/2 x 52 3/8in (92.7 x 133cm)

Sold for US$ 162,812 inc. premium

American Art

24 Nov 2020, 16:00 EST

New York

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Wolf Kahn (1927-2020)
Evening Encampment
signed 'W. Kahn' (lower right) and inscribed with title (on the stretcher) and inscribed with artist's inventory number '#9 1974' (on the reverse)
oil on canvas
36 1/2 x 52 3/8in (92.7 x 133cm)
Painted in 1974.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    The artist.
    Grace Borgenicht Gallery, New York.
    Sale, Doyle, New York, June 7, 1999, lot 79.
    Private collection, New York, (probably) acquired from the above.
    Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., New York, acquired from the above, 2003.
    Acquired by the present owner from the above, 2003.

    The present work is accompanied by a framed unpublished letter written by Wolf Kahn dated April 14, 2003 that discusses in detail his inspiration for the present work.

    Evening Encampment resides in Kahn's oeuvre as a superb example of his mastery of style and ability to vividly portray the atmospheric conditions of the landscape around him. Kahn painted Evening Encampment in 1974 at his summer home in Vermont and drew upon his recent memories of a trip he made to Kenya. While in Kenya, he stayed at a tented camp and witnessed spectacular golden sunsets. He tried several times to capture these sunsets in pastel, but was unsuccessful because of how quickly the sun sets on the Equator. Kahn wrote in a letter to the present owner that his neighbors in Marlboro, Vermont "had a west-facing place, and a teen-age daughter who liked to spend the night in a tent. I saw it often and painted your picture combining memories of these two places. I consider this one of my best works and no other version exists." (unpublished letter, April 14, 2003)
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