JACK YOUNGERMAN "GREEN AROUND" LITHO, 1968
Lately there has been a renewed interest, both within institutions and the commercial world, in re-evaluating artists from the years following WWII to well into the 1970's.
We are seeing museum and gallery shows mounted and prices rise for a host of artists who have been under the radar over the last 20 years including Frank Stella, Paul Jenkins, Jules Olitski, Sheila Hicks and Lee Bontecou to mention a few.
Jack Youngerman (b. 1926) has had a long and prolific career with major museum shows at the Guggenheim and the MoMA amongst others. We came across one of his graphic large-scale paintings recently at an art fair and was immediately transfixed.
Youngerman is known for his large-scaled boldly colored compositions that alternate between pure abstraction and highly stylized depictions of flowers. Youngerman often synthesizes the best characteristics of Robert Motherwell and Ellsworth Kelly creating something highly original and confident.
Youngerman studied in Paris in the late 1940's on the GI Bill and was greatly influenced by the European modernists notably the precise (and surreal?) cutout shapes of Jean Arp or the saturated colors and stylized florals of Henri Matisse.
"Green Around" is a distinctive and perfect example of Youngerman's aesthetic.
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Signed, dated and numbered by the artist.
From an edition of 75
Condition: consistent but minor discoloration to paper.
Minor surface wear on black element, overall very good condition.
Provenance: The Quaker Oats Collection