64021: Harry Bertoia (american, 1915-1978) Untitled (mo
Private Collection, Chapel Hill, NC
Born in Italy, Harry Bertoia was an American sculpture and designer. Both his graphic and sculptural works exemplify a combination of organic shapes as well as intricately created textured details. In this "Untitled" work from circa 1940, Bertoia employs these elements to create a wonderfully complex and well balanced composition. Using colored inks on rice paper, the field is expertly manipulated to created both bold elements as well as a richly textured ground. It is known that Bertoia would purposely not sign or title many works of art because of his belief that his creations were part of a universe that God had designed; and so therefore he did not want to have any influence on another person's imagination which is why this artwork is initialed verso.
Alternate Artist Spellings: "Bertoia, Harry"