Hilla Rebay - Contemporary Art Part II New York Friday, May 13, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Hilla Rebay, Green Farms, Connecticut, 1967; Estate of Hilla Rebay, 1967-1971; Private Collection, 1971; Sale, New York, Phillips Fine Art Auctioneers, Post-War Contemporary Art, November 15, 1988, Lot 220; Private collection, Switzerland

  • Exhibited

    The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Scranton, Pa., 1945 no. 32; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Zurich, Switzerland 1945, no. 29

  • Literature

    Art Digest, Vol. 18, July 1, 1944, p. 21 (illustrated); F. Roh, “Bemerkungen zu Compositionen von Hilla Rebay,” Die Kunst und das Schöne Heim, Vol. 2, Nov. 1960, p.49, fig 6 (illustrated); A. Z. Rudenstine, Guggenheim Museum Collection: Paintings 1880-1945, Vol. 11, New York 1996, no. 220 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Hilla Rebay is one of the original art lovers responsible for not only bringing modern art to America in the first half of the last century, but for also being the inspiration and the driving force behind the founding of the Guggenheim Museum. In a letter from the museum’s architect Frank Lloyd Wright, he tells her, “This whole building has been built for you and around you whether you know it or not.”

    (Frank Lloyd Wright to Hilla Rebay, August 9, 1945)



Oil on canvas.
59 x 80 3/4 in. (149.9 x 205.1 cm.)

Signed "Rebay" lower left; also signed, titled and dated "Hilla Rebay, Crosses, 1944" on the reverse and stamped "H.R" on the reverse and on the stretcher.

$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for $74,500

Contemporary Art Part II

13 May 2011
New York