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Melville Price (American, 1920-1970), Untitled (Black Warrior Series), oil on canvas

Melville Price (American, 1920-1970), Untitled (Black Warrior Series), oil on canvas

Item Description:

Oil on canvas, with Estate stamp on the reverse, framed

Accompanied by a signed letter of authenticity from the Price estate

The Black Warrior Series was Mel Price's late career series that he painted in Tuscaloosa, AL where he taught painting--based on bridges spanning the Black Warrior River.


Appears fine. Professionally strip lined (3 inches of canvas professionally added to ensure square restretch. Simon Liu stretcher bars). Wood strip frame. Please contact for specific condition questions.


The Estate of Melville Price


Height 21 in. x Width 25 in.

About The Artist:

Born in 1920 Melville Price was one of the youngest 1st generation Abstract Expressionist painters in New York. Born in Kingston New York he studied at the New School and the Arts Students League. In the late 1930's he met influential modernist painter Joseph Stella. In 1940 Stella brought Price into the WPA program. There Price met many of the 1st gen. New York School painters including Conrad Marca Relli, Jackson Pollock, Arshile Gorky, Willem de Kooning, and Franz Kline. These friendships lasted and became significant to Price's career. In 1942 Price moved to Woodstock NY and painted. There he again met painters & socialites who would help and influence his career including Bradley Walker Tomlin, Raoul Hague, Peggy Guggenheim. During his Woodstock period Price experiments with biomorphic abstraction and surrealism. Back in NYC Price begins showing abstract oils at Charles Egan Gallery, Bodley Gallery, Iolas Gallery, Peridot Gallery and the legendary 'Ninth Street Exhibition at Stable Gallery--between 1948-1951 he receives numerous positive critical reviews for his abstract paintings. In 1948 begin the MAZE series to much acclaim and is offered a number of teaching position in PA. In 1959 on a referral from Franz Kline Price is offered to chair the painting dept at U. of Alabama and accepts. Price died suddenly in 1970 of a heart attack. Several posthumous retrospectives have been given to Price since his death including a major museum show at The Corcoran Gallery in Washington DC in 1978 and several prominent art galleries in Chicago and New York.


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Melville Price (American, 1920-1970), Untitled (Black Warrior Series), oil on canvas

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