Fourth Birch

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  • Provenance

    The Estate of Ileana Sonnabend (acquired directly from the artist)
    Private Collection (thence by descent from the above)
    Christie’s, New York, 13 May 2015, lot 19 B
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Los Angeles, Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Summer International, 1984
    New York, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Carroll Dunham: Paintings, 31 October 2002-2 February 2003, pp. 16-17 (illustrated)

  • Artist Bio

    Carroll Dunham

    American • 1949

    Satire and sexuality meet Carroll Dunham's vivid brush in the artist's often large-scale fantasy worlds. His eye-popping cartoonish veneer takes a cue from Philip Guston while his primitive "visual language" of faceless figures continues a long line of tradition—think back to Paul Cézanne and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

    Though Dunham jumps between abstraction, figuration, pop, surrealism and cartoon, his works almost exclusively center on the subject of women's sexuality. He also favors painting, though he has delved into prints, works-on-paper and sculpture. His paintings can be seen as contemporary variations on nineteenth-century portraiture of women bathing, injected with similar concerns of those classical and early modernist artists.

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Fourth Birch

signed and dated 'Aug Nov 1983 Carroll Dunham' lower edge; further signed, titled, inscribed and dated '"Fourth Birch" Nov 9, 1983 NYC Carroll Dunham Aug-Sept/Nov Carroll Dunham' on the reverse
casein, dry pigment, charcoal and graphite on panel
177.8 x 121.9 cm (70 x 47 7/8 in.)
Executed in 1983.

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