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Ida Rittenberg Kohlmeyer (American/New Orleans, 1912-1997), "Translumined", 1961, oil on canvas, signed lower right, titled on "Henri Gallery, Alexandria, VA" label en verso, 45 in. x 69 in., framed. Note: In 1957, Newcomb College professor Pat Trivigno offered Mark Rothko a visiting artist position at the school. Rothko accepted and moved his family into the Metairie home of Ida Kohlmeyer’s late mother. The resulting friendship between Kohlmeyer and Rothko would have a profound influence on the trajectory of her work. The painting offered here, entitled “Translumined,” marks an early transition towards Kohlmeyer’s iconic cluster series and may be regarded as a quintessential milestone in the evolutionary arc of her oeuvre. In the painting, subtle delineations of rich, deep color float within a sea of white and clearly foreshadow her later work. Interestingly, this canvas fits perfectly within the art historical framework of Kasimir Malevich’s earlier composition “White on White” and Rothko’s later creation “Black on Grey," placing Kohlmeyer squarely within the upper echelons of the abstract expressionists.

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Ida Rittenberg Kohlmeyer (American/New Orleans)

Estimate $20,000 - $30,000Nov 17, 2018