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Melville Price (American, 1920-1970), Untitled (Biomorphic Abstraction), ca. 1944-45, oil on masonite

Melville Price (American, 1920-1970), Untitled (Biomorphic Abstraction), ca. 1944-45, oil on masonite

Item Description:

Oil on masonite, ca. 1944-45, with Estate stamp on the reverse, framed

Accompanied by a signed letter of authenticity from the Price estate

Melville Price moved to Woodstock, New York in 1942 and lived and painted there until 1946. During this period Price experimented with biomorphic abstraction as in the present painting.


Very good. Some minor in-painting covering approx. 5 % of the surface. The surface is stable. No paint loss. Please contact cataloging@lofty.com for specific condition questions.


The Estate of Melville Price


Height 18 in. x Width 24 in.

About The Artist:

Melville Price was born in Kingston New York. He studied painting at the Arts Students League in NYC in the mid-late 1930's. He met and was befriended by Joseph Stella who brought Price into the WPA painting division c. 1939-1940 where he also met many of the early New York School artists including Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning and Franz Kline. In 1942 Price moved to Woodstock New York where he worked for a gunsmith and painted until 1946. There he met older artists WIlliam Baziotes, Raoul Hague, and Judson Smith who influenced him. In 1946 he moved back to New York City and shortly thereafter began showing his radical abstract paintings in important early exhibitions of New York artists at Bodley Gallery, Iolas Gallery, Periodot Gallery, Charles Egan Gallery and Stable Gallery. Price was included in the 1951 ground breaking exhibition at The Stable Gallery called "The Ninth Street Show" organized with Leo Castelli. In 1952 he also exhibited at the ground breaking Hendler Gallery in Philadelphia--the first gallery there to exhibit important abstract expressionist painters. In 1959 Price--on a referral from Franz Kline-- took at teaching job at The U. of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. He taught there and remained there until 1970 when he died suddenly of a heart attack. Melville Price was one of the youngest of the so called first generation of the New York School of Abstract Expressionists having been given the opportunity by J. Stella to meet and befriend the much older NY artists. He has been the subject of numerous posthumous exhibits at galleries and art museums throughout the United States. He is featured in the '2000 publication "The New York School Abstract Expressionists Artists Choices by Artists" published by The New York School Press--today considered an important academic resource for the major artists of the New York School.


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Melville Price (American, 1920-1970), Untitled (Biomorphic Abstraction), ca. 1944-45, oil on masonite

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