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Irene Rice Pereira
American (1902-1971)

Untitled (Squares) (1944)

$20,000-$30,000

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oil and enamel on canvas
24 x 30 inches
signed lower right

unframed

the estate of Jerome Lurie, labor attorney and law partner of Sidney E. Cohn

overall very good condition, the work has been lined professionally and the painting has been re-stretched onto a high quality wooden stretcher, the ground and paint film are also in fine shape, under UV examinations additions of retouch can be seen, the retouching is primarily in the outermost edges, a few scattered retouches are visible in the lower portion of the work a well as the upper left

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About The Work

Pereira is known for using textured bases, such as glass, sand, and casein; during the Great Depression, she helped found and then taught at the Federal Art Project Design Laboratory in New York, where she experimented with a variety of forms and materials. In 1937 she painted her first purely abstract works; she eventually became known for her abstract paintings made on superimposed layers of glass, the evidence of which is clear in ‘Untitled (Squares)’ as forms seem to float from the plane of the canvas and give the impression of existing in a space that transcends the limits of the plane.

Irene Rice Pereira

American, 1902-1971

Irene Rice Pereira (August 5, 1902 – January 11, 1971) was an American abstract artist, poet and philosopher whose work was key to the development of the Modernist movement in the United States, particularly mid-century Abstract Expressionism. Contrary to the formal elements of the movement, Pereira rejected the flattening of picture plane; her work instead  attempts a deeper connection between art and audience; her geometric shapes are contained within the canvas, coexisting in between one another across seemingly infinite planes in the fore-, middle-, and backgrounds, to evoke both depth and energy and made prolific use of alternative materials to this end.

Irene Rice Pereira

American 1902-1971

Irene Rice Pereira (August 5, 1902 – January 11, 1971) was an American abstract artist, poet and philosopher whose work was key to the development of the Modernist movement in the United States, particularly mid-century Abstract Expressionism. Contrary to the formal elements of the movement, Pereira rejected the flattening of picture plane; her work instead  attempts a deeper connection between art and audience; her geometric shapes are contained within the canvas, coexisting in between one another across seemingly infinite planes in the fore-, middle-, and backgrounds, to evoke both depth and energy and made prolific use of alternative materials to this end.

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