MutualArt.com / Charles White ARTWORK DETAILS Medium: Charcoal, Pencil, On Paper Signed: Yes Artist: Charles White Title: A Scarf In The Night Creation Date: Circa 20th Century Measurements: Height: 30, Width: 22, Depth: 1 inch Broad Media: Works on Paper Labels on back: No labels. Barely legible (from the photo) initials DESCRIPTION OF ARTWORK A drawing in charcoal and pencil of a scarf draped with sinuous lines and detail. The bottom shows the individual tassels. Many shadows. What makes this particular drawing unusual is the absence of human portrayal which White was so recognized for; particularly in terms of his depiction of emotion and expression. This appraiser could not find any listings for drawings of just objects without human form. It is for that reason that there is a wide gap between minimum and maximum values below. This may have been a study for a work to follow. The condition is also in question. Is this folded with a crease or composed of two pieces of paper glued together? Charles White was born in Chicago 1918 and studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1937- 38), the Art Students League (1942), and Tallerde Gráfica in Mexico (1946). From 1939 to 1940, he worked as a mural painter for the Illinois Federal Arts Project. Inspired by Mexican muralists Diego Rivera and Leopold Mendez, White initially gained recognition for his social realist murals documenting milestones in black history. The recipient of numerous honors and awards, White received two Rosenwald Fellowships in 1942 and 1943, which enabled him to travel throughout the South. In 1944, he was drafted into the United States Army, but was given medical discharge when he developed tuberculosis. By this time, White was well-known for his meticulous draftsmanship and in 1947, he had his first solo exhibition at the American Contemporary Art (ACA) Gallery in New York City.From the late 1940s onward, White's drawings, paintings, and prints focused on African-American history and culture, and often depict ordinary men and women bearing difficult circumstances with dignity and calm. As James A. Porter observed, "White was one of the great voices among black Americans who [were] among the real interpreters of the American Negro." In 1972, White was elected a full member of the National Academy of Design, the second AfricanAmerican artist to be appointed since Henry Ossawa Tanner.Towards the end of his life, White was weakened by respiratory insufficiency.However,he continued to work until his death at the age of sixtyone. 1979 MutualArt.com Valuationfor Kirk Tillery January 06 2021 Page 2 of 7 MutualArt.com Valuationfor Kirk Tillery January 06 2021 Page 3 of 7 FAIR MARKET VALUE A valuation is not a certificate of authenticity of an artwork Fair market value is the price that property would sell for on the open market. It is the price that would be agreed on between a willing buyer and a willing seller, with neither being required to act and both having reasonable knowledge of the relevant facts. This value is available only for artists included in MutualArt.com database of auction houses. Minimum: 100000 USD Maximum: 250000 USD REFERENCES Sotheby's, NY,NY,November 14, 2019 "YeShall Inherit the Earth", charcoal/illustration board, 39"x26" Est:$500,000-$700,000, Hammer price:$1,760,000 Sotheby's, NY,NY,May 13, 2017 "J'Acuse! No.3", charcoal/paper 33 1/2" x 33 1/2" (circular composition) Est:$100,000-$150,000, Hammer price:$125,000 (includes buyer's premium) Swann African American Art Sale, NY,NY,October 4, 2018 "Nobody Knows My Name #1", charcoal & crayon/illustration board, 29"x39" Est:$100,000-$150,000, Hammer price:$485,000 (includes buyer's premium) Swann Galleries, NY,NY,October 5, 2017, Lot#38 "Take My Mother Home", pen & ink, colored ink wash/board, 56" x 30" Est:$250,000-$350,000, Hammer price: Not sold **(In this image the mother wears a draped scarf and skirt with the same linear qualities found in the picture in question.** MutualArt.com Valuationfor Kirk Tillery January 06 2021
This rare drawing was once owned by a small shop owner in the USA.
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The presented object appears to be a charcoal drawing on paper with measurements of 30 x 22 inches. The drawing depicts a study of a scarf or blanket with a focus on the depiction of the plasticity of the fabric. The drawing appears to be signed with the name Charles White. Strangely the surface is rubbed on the spots of the first name and surname. The style reminds me of Charles Wilbert WHITE (1918-1979) who is one of the most known African-American Social Realist artists.
Works by this artist were recently offered and sold on the international auction market.
This piece is in good condition and there is no serious damage visible in the images provided.
A fair market estimation would be between 40.000 to 80.000 USD.
This estimate is based on actual recent past recorded auction sales of comparable items. Retail "asking prices" can be higher and may vary.
An artwork of such high potential value requires further authentication research. This estimate is provided on the condition of authenticity.
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