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  • Property from the Collection of Pamela K. and William A. Royall Jr.

    The present work arrives at auction from the collection of pioneering Virginia-based philanthropists Pamela and William Royall, prominent collectors of 20th century and contemporary art in the American South. The collection reflects their broad interests, from well-known artists from the 20th century to emerging and established Black artists. Committed arts patrons and forces of change in Richmond, the Royalls spearhead the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’s recent acquisition of Kehinde Wiley’s sculpture Rumors of War as board members of the institution and were instrumental to the museum’s expansion of the diversity of its collection. Believing in a vision of greater inclusivity for Richmond, the Royalls established a non-profit art gallery for the collection, Try-me, which was open without charge to the public, which fostered a space for local artists and education. 

    • Provenance

      Estate of Richard Pousette-Dart, Rockland County
      Schweyer-Galdo Galleries, Birmingham
      ACA Galleries, New York
      R.H. Love Gallery, Chicago (by 2004)
      Hill Gallery, Birmingham
      Acquired from the above by the present owners in 2010

    • Exhibited

      Birmingham, Schweyer-Galdo Galleries, Richard Pousette-Dart, The Vision of a Poet, November 1983, no. 5, n.p. (illustrated, p. 9)
      New York, ACA Galleries, Paintings From Five Decades: 1939–1990, October 25 – December 8, 1990
      Chicago, Valerie Carberry Gallery, Presence: Paintings and Works on Paper by Richard Pousette-Dart, April 29 - June 12, 2004, no. 12, p. 23 (illustrated)

    • Literature

      Suesi Metcalf, Art Education, January 2004, vol. 57, no. 1, pp. 31, 32 (erroneously captioned; illustrated, p. 30)
      Sam Hunter and Joanne Kuebler, eds., Richard Pousette-Dart, The New York School and Beyond, Milan, 2005, no. 128, p. 199 (illustrated)

Property from the Collection of Pamela K. and William A. Royall Jr.


Pool of Contemplation

signed and dated "RPousette-Dart 80-3" on the reverse
oil on canvas
33 x 66 in. (83.8 x 167.6 cm)
Painted in 1980-1983.

Full Cataloguing

$180,000 - 250,000 

Sold for $214,200

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20th c. and Contemporary Art Day Sale - Morning Session

New York 8 December 2020