Lot 136
Property of the Estate of Anna Walinska

Anna Walinska (American 1906-1997)
Signed Walinska l.r.
Charcoal on pink paper; apparently in good condition. Framed.*
Sight size: 24-1/2 x 19 in (62.2 x 48.3 cm)
Estimate $3,000-5,000

Musicians by Anna Walinska appears as homage to the works of artists such as André Lhote and Pablo Picasso, reflecting her admiration of them during her time in Paris circa 1926-1930. The London-born daughter of Russian immigrants, raised in New York City, Walinska travelled to Paris at the age of 20. There she took up residence around the corner from Gertrude Stein and found her calling. She honed her skill under Lhote at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière and exhibited original work at the Salon des Indépendents. Musicians is an excellent example of the beginnings of her personal style and what she dubbed her 'calligraphy of line,' developed working alongside artists like Frantisek Foltyn (lot 137 is from Walinska's estate). This subject would remain one of Walinska's favorites throughout the years, and demonstrates the influence of the musicians in her Paris circle, most notably Schoenberg and Poulenc. In 1935, determined to bring the French sensibility to the New York art world, she opened the Guild Art Gallery and staged the first New York City solo exhibition of Arshile Gorky's work. Walinska was not only a pioneer among post-WWII Modernists, she blazed the trail for many female artists and gallerists who came after her.

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Sold for $3,000