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"JACOB SEMIATIN (1915 - 2003) ; N.Y.C. and Woodstock, N.Y. Abstract Expressionist. This one from 1998, signed and 30" X 22", Fine condition, this or numerous can be tube shipped.Fine and highly singular example of his best medium, a watercolor, signed and from his estate. A once quite well known New York, Brooklyn and Woodstock N.Y. artist, exhibiting, years back, along side Nicolas de Staal, Jackson Pollock and very notable others. At the time, he was the first and only artist to have a single artist show at the Brooklyn Museum, that may remain still true. In the 1984-6 period, he had at least a sale of a work at both Christie's and Sotheby's.along with notable dealer representation. Strange, at the blossoming of his career, he simply and quite totally withdrew as he continued painting, unknown why. He had a home in Woodstock and summered there for a long time. Semiatin was eventually also factored as one of the Woodstock artists. He died in 2003. In 2009 or 10, I bought nearly all and the best of his unsold works from his studio and estate sale held up near to Woodstock on Rt. 28. I offer a good representative group, singularly here in a few sequences, all watercolors, all from his best period, the later 1950's to the early 1990's. Numerous are at least 22"" x 30"", all unframed, all signed, just about all are also dated and, having had their long time stored away, all in very fine condition, most painted on fine heavy Strathmore artist paper. There are sizable groups of receding sizes, down to actual miniatures, (about 3"" x 4.5""), some of which seem to be studies or duplicates of his full size works, those initialed and dated. I would be amiss to not mention his absolutely wonderful abstract expressionist photography, a modest body of these quite large format (14"" x 11"") individual one-off results, the group kept as personal after some museum exhibition , These are all signed on front of the nice matting, his hand written particulars on reverse along with the date of the work, (1979-82) For any eventual interest in a decently large body of his work, there are also a dozen modest sized drawing books, all dated and in sequence, ..rather exceptional. I believe this artist, in circulation again, has a long way to go on the upside, any progressive dealer or serious collector might want to contact the auction house to get the price advantage of an appropriate quanity purchase.PROVENANCE: family estate BIOGRAPHY: This exhibited artist's works have been sold through Sotheby's & Christie's, N.Y. A one man show at the Brooklyn Museum. He was born to Hungarian parents in Dublin, Ireland in 1915. Five years later, they moved to Brooklyn, New York. With his fresh, bold and unique expressionist manner, Semiatin's first one-man show was at the Contemporary Arts Gallery in New York, the same site Mark Rothko was introduced. Other prominent shows include: The Galerie Internationale NY; The Brooklyn Museum NY; The Glass Gallery NY; and The Ariel Gallery NY. Permanent collections include: The Brooklyn Museum, The Houston Museum of Modern Art, The Jewish Museum (Dublin) and numerous others.Offerings of his single works, currently on-line, extend beyond $5,000. Write for any needed links"

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Jacob Semiatin 1915-2003 N.Y. Abstract Expressionist

Estimate $75 - $250May 19