Surrealist Gertrude Abercrombie's Star Keeps Rising With Over $180,000 Sale of 'Pyramid and Moon'

  • October 12, 2021 14:24

  • Email
Gertrude Abercrombie, "Pyramid and Moon", oil on canvas, signed L/L and dated 1946, 10 1/4" x 12 1/2".
Kaminski Auctions

Kaminski Auctions' special fall fine art auction on September 19 at the North Shore Art Association, in Massachusetts, featured a small oil painting by Gertrude Abercrombie (American, 1909-1977) that soared to $181,250 (with fees) from a $10/15,000 estimate.

Dated 1946, the 10¼ by 12½ inch work, entitled "Pyramid and Moon", came from a Danville, Calif., estate.

At Sotheby's in May 2021, Abercrombie's tiny Giraffe painting (4 3/4 by 6 1/2 inches), estimated to bring $10,000-$15,000, reached an artist auction record of $365,400. 

Self-taught, Abercrombie developed her own style incorporating symbols with double meanings, set within mysterious settings.

Known as “the queen of the bohemian artists,” Abercrombie was a friend of Chicago jazz musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Sarah Vaughan, from whom she drew inspiration. She also hosted salons with artists, dancers, musicians, and writers at her home, with her role in the mid-20th century art scene currently explored in the exhibition Chicago Avant-Garde: Five Women Ahead of Their Time, now through December 30, at Chicago's Newberry Library.

Her work is also now featured in Supernatural America: The Paranormal in American Art, a traveling exhibition which debuted at the Toledo Art Museum in June and is presently at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky (October 7, 2021–January 2, 2022), before heading to the Minneapolis Institute of Art, where it will be on view February 19 through May 15, 2022.

Tags: american art

  • Email

More News Feed Headlines

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775-1851) Sunset, 1830-5.

After 13 Years, ARTFIXdaily to Cease Daily News Service

  • ArtfixDaily / August 15th, 2022

ARTFIXdaily will end weekday e-newsletter service after 13 years of publishing art world press releases, events and ...

Read More...
Einar and Jamex de la Torre, Critical Mass, 2002 (Courtesy of the Cheech Marin Collection and Riverside Art Museum).

Inaugural Exhibition at The Cheech Highlights Groundbreaking Chicano Artists

  • ArtfixDaily / July 7th, 2022

One of the nation’s first permanent spaces dedicated to showcasing Chicano art and culture opened on June ...

Read More...
Jacob Lawrence,.  .  .  is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?—Patrick Henry,1775 , Panel 1, 1955, from Struggle: From the History of the American People, 1954–56, egg tempera on hardboard.  Collection of Harvey and Harvey-Ann Ross.  © 2022 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Crystal Bridges Explores the U.S. Constitution Through Art in New Exhibition 'We the People: The Radical Notion of Democracy'

  • ArtfixDaily / July 7th, 2022

Original print of the U.S. Constitution headlines exhibition sponsored by Ken Griffin (who purchased it for $43.2 ...

Read More...
Salvador Dalí (1904–1989), Christ of St John of the Cross, 1951, oil on canvas © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection

Dalí / El Greco Side-by-Side Exhibit Prompts: 'Are They Really Paintings of the Same Thing?'

  • ArtfixDaily / July 6th, 2022

From July 9 to December 4, 2022, The Auckland Project in the U.K. will unite two Spanish masterpieces from British ...

Read More...

Related Press Releases

ARTFIXdaily Artwire