Untitled. Jess, Jess Collins.


Np: 1950. Approximately 17 1/2 x 23 3/4”, charcoal drawing on paper. Unsigned. Matted and framed. Provenance: from the collection of the artist Ernesto Edwards, a longtime friend of Jess and Robert Duncan, who has a section devoted to his work in An Opening of the Field (pp. 188-193). A striking drawing by Jess, of a recumbent male nude. A rare large format work from Jess’s earliest work, made only two years after he had a dream about the coming end of the world, turned his back on his career as a nuclear scientist, and moved to San Francisco to become an artist. The drawing is similar in style to his illustration for the Duncan poem The Song of the Borderguard (see the full page reproduction on p. 56 of Duncan & Wagstaff) and the illustrations for his 1950-1953 collaborations with Robert for the Book of Resemblances [ibid p.63]. The drawing was exhibited at Mythos Gallery in 2012 for the show “Buzz Gallery Revisited.” and was reproduced on the poster for the show, a copy of which accompanies the painting. Some light toning, but visually near fine; not examined out of frame. Item #21733

Price: $4,500.00

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