American (1880 – 1965)
Untitled [Cityscape], 1915
Charcoal on paper. Signed and dated 1915.
19 3/4 x 15 inches | 50.2 x 38.1 cm
Provenance: Zabriskie Gallery, New York; Private collection, New York
Born in Russia, Abraham Walkowitz met Alfred Stieglitz in 1912 and exhibited in his first show at Stieglitz’s gallery 291 that December. Martica Sawin writes that Walkowitz’s abstracted cityscapes, including the present work, “were probably completed following his return from his second trip to Europe in the summer of 1914 since they are first mentioned in reviews of his 1915 show. The city drawings and watercolors are primarily composed of jagged sequences of vertical or diagonal lines with occasional serpentine swirls that lend a restless, dynamic character.”
This large and dramatic drawing is in fine condition.