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$ 70,000

The Green One

Origin United States
Period 1980-1999
Materials Acrylic on canvas
W. 84 in; H. 84 in;
W. 213.36 cm; H. 213.36 cm;
Condition Excellent.
Creation Date 1999
Description Robert Natkin painted this dynamic work, “The Green One,” in 1999. One of the most important abstract painters of his generation, Robert Natkin was known for his innovative blending of form, pattern, color and space to create a distinctly personal and lyrical style. Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1930, Natkin began his studies at the Art Institute of Chicago in the early fifties. In 1957, Natkin and his wife, fellow painter Judith Dolnick, opened Wells Street Gallery which featured the work of artists such as Siskind, de Kooning, Kline, Pollock, and Chamberlain. Seeking further opportunities to show his work, Natkin moved to New York City in 1959, and was represented by Poindexter Gallery and later André Emmerich. Natkin was the subject of solo exhibitions throughout the country and abroad, most notably at the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C., the Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain, Grand Palais, Paris, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Additionally, Natkin was featured in a number of prominent group shows, such as Young America at the Whitney Museum of Art, New York, in 1960.

In the crowded field of Post-War Abstraction, Robert Natkin’s lifetime exploration of color and light set him apart. His poetic paintings combine a Post-Impressionist color sensibility with the lyricism of Paul Klee, a major influence on the artist. Celebrated in his lifetime even as abstraction fell in and out of favor, Natkin remained stubbornly committed to his vision and produced cohesive and challenging work throughout his career. The 1980s was a decade of supreme artistic output by the artist and the starting point for his last great series of paintings, the Hitchcock Series.

With weekly trips to the movie theatre as a young child, Natkin became cinema devotee and an ardent admirer of Alfred Hitchcock in particular. The Hitchcock Series is an homage to the auteur director whose films, despite their entertaining surface plots, teem with darker undertones and contradictions. Describing his own series Natkin pointed out that the director succeeded, despite the playfulness of his films, in depicting and romanticizing the complexities of the human condition. Like Hitchcock, Natkin believed pleasure and beauty were forever intertwined with mystery and paradox. The high-keyed color and all-over treatment recalls the work of Bonnard, as well as American Modernist Stuart Davis. Indeed, Natkin’s work can be seen as a bridge between the flattened non-objective forms of the American Abstract Artists group of the 1930s and 40s such as Josef Albers, Suzy Frelinghuysen, A. E. Gallatin, Paul Kelpe, George L. K. Morris, and the increasing graphicness found in contemporary abstraction, by painters like Trudy Benson, Keltie Ferris, and Jonathan Lasker.

Natkin’s work can be found in esteemed public collections throughout the world, such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; The Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Brooklyn Museum of Art; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge, MA; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; The Metropolitan Museum of Art; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Robert Natkin lived and worked in Redding, CT until his death 2010.

Hirschl & Adler Modern represents the estate of Robert Natkin. Please contact the gallery for further information.
Styles / Movements Abstract Expressionism
Dealer Reference Number M 10264D.009
Incollect Reference Number 164275
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