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John Little painting original textile design 1940-50

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John Little original textile design "Water Plants," gouache on paper with studio stamp, C.1940-50, New York. In 1921, Mr. Little founded the fabrics-wallpaper company, which he called the John Little Studio. By the mid-1930's, he was attracting wide praise for fabrics that combined high-quality designs with affordable prices. By the early 50's, Mr. Little had phased out the company and moved to East Hampton to work at his art full time.....John Little1907 - 1984John Little was born in 1907 in Alabama and as a teenager attended the Buffalo Fine Arts academy from 1924 to 1927. Soon after he moved to New York, where he began operatic vocal training and opened what became a very successful textile business designing fabric and wallpaper. In 1933 he began classes at the Art Students League with George Grosz, painting mainly Cezannesque landscapes. In 1937 he started working with Hans Hofmann in both New York and Provincetown, which pushed him towards abstraction and his first serious involvement as a painter. At Hofmann’s school he met artists such as Lee Krasner, George McNeil, Gerome Kamrowski, Giorgio Cavallon and Perle Fine. In 1942 he went into the service as a navy aerial photographer.After the war he returned to New York and, with nowhere to stay, moved into Hans Hofmann’s 8th Street studio where his neighbors were Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock. The paintings of the late 1940s reveal great experimentation and a growing interest in both Surrealist automatism, Picasso, and the theories of Hans Hofmann. In 1946 Little was given his first one-man show at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco with a follow-up solo show at Betty Parsons in 1948. In the early 1950s Little abandoned the flat, linear style of the 40s with new works painted in thick, gestural buildup of paint. He also began a series of constructions created from driftwood and beach-combing detritus. In 1951 he moved to East Hampton, where he maintained a closed friendship with Pollock - the two had a joint exhibition in 1955 at Guild Hall. In 1957 Little helped found the Signa Gallery, an important outpost in East Hampton for the growing New York art scene and host to many influential exhibitions. Little continued to actively exhibit until his death in 1984.Little had solo exhibitions at, among others, Betty Parsons Gallery in 1948, Bertha Schaefer Gallery in 1957 and 1958, Worth Ryder Gallery in 1963, A.M. Sachs Gallery in 1971 and a retrospective at the Guild Hall Museum in 1982. His work is part of the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Guild Hall Museum, Ball State University Museum of Art and Galerie Beyeler among others.
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light areas of soiling around edges, small crease upper left corner, pinholes upper corners, bright color Please contact us 24 hours prior to the auction start time with condition report requests. Please view all photos for condition of item and ask all questions prior to bidding. The absence of a condition report does NOT imply that an object is free of defects or restoration. Condition reports are provided as a complimentary service and only reflect the opinion of Curated Estates and should not be taken as a statement of fact. Condition reports only detail flaws or restorations and do not take into account wear, fading, or other issues consistent with an object's age
Dimensions
31 x 24.5 x 0.05 in
Weight
5 lb
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John Little original textile design "Water Plants," gouache on paper with studio stamp, C.1940-50, New York. In 1921, Mr. Little founded the fabrics-wallpaper company, which he called the John Little Studio. By the mid-1930's, he was attracting wide praise for fabrics that combined high-quality designs with affordable prices. By the early 50's, Mr. Little had phased out the company and moved to East Hampton to work at his art full time.....John Little1907 - 1984John Little was born in 1907 in Alabama and as a teenager attended the Buffalo Fine Arts academy from 1924 to 1927. Soon after he moved to New York, where he began operatic vocal training and opened what became a very successful textile business designing fabric and wallpaper. In 1933 he began classes at the Art Students League with George Grosz, painting mainly Cezannesque landscapes. In 1937 he started working with Hans Hofmann in both New York and Provincetown, which pushed him towards abstraction and his first serious involvement as a painter. At Hofmann’s school he met artists such as Lee Krasner, George McNeil, Gerome Kamrowski, Giorgio Cavallon and Perle Fine. In 1942 he went into the service as a navy aerial photographer.After the war he returned to New York and, with nowhere to stay, moved into Hans Hofmann’s 8th Street studio where his neighbors were Lee Krasner and Jackson Pollock. The paintings of the late 1940s reveal great experimentation and a growing interest in both Surrealist automatism, Picasso, and the theories of Hans Hofmann. In 1946 Little was given his first one-man show at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor in San Francisco with a follow-up solo show at Betty Parsons in 1948. In the early 1950s Little abandoned the flat, linear style of the 40s with new works painted in thick, gestural buildup of paint. He also began a series of constructions created from driftwood and beach-combing detritus. In 1951 he moved to East Hampton, where he maintained a closed friendship with Pollock - the two had a joint exhibition in 1955 at Guild Hall. In 1957 Little helped found the Signa Gallery, an important outpost in East Hampton for the growing New York art scene and host to many influential exhibitions. Little continued to actively exhibit until his death in 1984.Little had solo exhibitions at, among others, Betty Parsons Gallery in 1948, Bertha Schaefer Gallery in 1957 and 1958, Worth Ryder Gallery in 1963, A.M. Sachs Gallery in 1971 and a retrospective at the Guild Hall Museum in 1982. His work is part of the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Guild Hall Museum, Ball State University Museum of Art and Galerie Beyeler among others.
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light areas of soiling around edges, small crease upper left corner, pinholes upper corners, bright color Please contact us 24 hours prior to the auction start time with condition report requests. Please view all photos for condition of item and ask all questions prior to bidding. The absence of a condition report does NOT imply that an object is free of defects or restoration. Condition reports are provided as a complimentary service and only reflect the opinion of Curated Estates and should not be taken as a statement of fact. Condition reports only detail flaws or restorations and do not take into account wear, fading, or other issues consistent with an object's age
Dimensions
31 x 24.5 x 0.05 in
Weight5 lb

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