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Documentation Ample Provenance
Documentation Notes Estate of Herbert Gentry
Origin United States, New York
Period 1950-1979
Materials Watercolor and acrylic on paper
W. 32 in; H. 23 in;
W. 81.28 cm; H. 58.42 cm;
Condition New.
Creation Date 1978
Description Herbert Gentry (b. 1919 Pittsburgh, PA - d. 2003 Stockholm, Sweden) was a painter whose gesturally abstract works were influenced and shaped by the international career he led, that began with the Harlem Renaissance in which he grew up, took hold in a post-war Parisian art scene, and continued in leading Scandinavian jazz capitals and Manhattan’s famous Chelsea Hotel, where he lived in between stays in Europe.

Gentry’s art is difficulty defined by any established stylistic category. While in Paris, he was taught by Georges Braque, and was profoundly interested in the modernist ideas of Cubism and Expressionism, as well as non-western art. At this time, he became acquainted with members of the CoBrA group who introduced him to ideas of automatism and the concept of the artist as an inherently social being. “Art is mysterious,” Gentry explained in 1991. “It’s about me, it’s about you, it’s about my family, my forefather’s, my mother’s. It’s not only me who’s painting, it’s the people who lived before me, connected with me.”
Styles / Movements African American, Expressionism
Incollect Reference Number 427213
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