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William Beckman (American, b. 1942)

Portrait of Diana II (Pink Dress), 1973; Oil on panel; Initialed and dated; 83 1/4" x 47 1/4"; Exhibition: Funk, Fetishism and Fantasy: A Collection of Works from the Allan Stone Gallery, Isabelle Hurlbutt Gallery, Greenwich Library, January 1 - February 2, 1974 Seventy-First American Exhibition, The Art Institute of Chicago, June 15 - August 11, 1974 (p. 7, no. 3); Trends in Contemporary Realist Painting, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, November 1, 1974 -January 1, 1975 (ext. to February); Figure as Form: American Painting 1930-1975, Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersberg; Center for the Arts, Tampa; Columbus Museum of Arts and Crafts, Inc., Columbus, November 25, 1975 - April 4, 1976; Three Bravura Painters of the Human Figure: Beckman, Denby, Valerio, Anderson Gallery, School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, September 1 - October 1, 1979; Painting on the Edge: The Art of William Beckman, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, August 2 - October 22, 2002 (illustrated p. 22, no. 12); Tête-à-Tête: Portraits in Dialogue, Allan Stone Projects, New York, February 25 - April 23, 2016; Grand Salon: The Visionary Eye of Allan Stone, Allan Stone Projects, New York, September 13 -November 10, 2018; Provenance: The artist; Allan Stone Gallery, New York

Sale Price: $27,500

Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000

Condition Report

The painting is in excellent condition. Signed (with initials) and dated on the front lower left. It appears that the artist reworked the floorboards where they meet the kick board (helping to create the illusion of old wood) - this is likely intentional and original. There is a very small area on the outside frame of the window that fluoresces under black light (30” down from the top and 14” in from the right). There are numerous labels on verso where the work is also signed and titled. The framed dimensions are 88 1/4” x 51 7/8”.


Big Paintings from the Allan Stone Collection
Over the course of 50 years, the eminent art dealer and collector Allan Stone amassed a vast art collection of extraordinary diversity and depth. A self-proclaimed 'art-junkie', Stone was neither influenced by money nor swayed by opinion in the pursuit of art. He collected work that spoke to him.
His conviction was manifest from an early age. As a young Wall Street lawyer, he provided free legal advice to artists and befriended gallerists. In 1960, he opened his first gallery on East 82nd Street in Manhattan.
Stone was an early supporter and recognized authority on Abstract Expressionism, accumulating an unrivaled collection of work by Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Arshile Gorky, Jackson Pollock, among others. That said, Abstract Expressionism and the New York School were hardly his only focus; Stone's tastes were famously wide-ranging. He was equally drawn to photorealism, mixed media sculpture, tribal and folk art and Americana as well as Bugatti automobiles - all of which he exhibited in his gallery.
The Allan Stone Gallery was famous for welcoming artists into its fold whom others had turned away, among them Wayne Thiebaud and Richard Estes. A proponent of young talent, Stone is credited with giving many emerging artists their starts. He was instrumental in the early careers of Eva Hesse, Lorraine Shemesh, Stephen Cornelius Roberts, James Grashow and John Gibson, among others. Lorraine Shemesh, remembering Stone's process for choosing pieces, stated, "He could make a visual decision very quickly. It was like love at first sight. He trusted his instincts."
The portrait of Stone painted in words by the artists who knew him depict a man devoted to family, friends and art, an expansive person with great humor, passion, integrity and the true collector's lust for the objects he most admired. In "The Collector", a documentary about Stone (made by his daughter Olympia), Stone recalls long periods when he went without getting "buzzed" by a work of art, only to see something he loved and think, "Thank god, it's still alive."
We are gratified to represent pieces owned by a collector whom we so admire. A selection of some of the work loved by Allan Stone, from the Allan Stone Collection, follows.

Please note
The preview exhibition for paintings from the "Living Large" section of this sale is divided between two locations: at Rago, 333 North Main Street and at Allan Stone Projects, 535 W. 22nd St, 3rd Fl, New York, 10011.
Lots 623, 624, 625, 627, 630, 633, 634, 635, 638, 639, 640, 641, 642, 643 and 644 will be on exhibition and available for viewing at Rago from April 27-May 3. Viewing hours are 12 noon – 5 pm.
Lots 616, 617, 618, 619, 620, 621, 622, 626, 628, 629, 631, 632, 636 and 637 will be on exhibition and available for viewing at Allan Stone Projects in New York from April 4th through May 11th. Viewing hours are Tuesday – Friday, 10 am – 6 pm and Saturday 11am – 5 pm. These works will not be part of the auction preview in Lambertville, NJ at Rago.

A shipping credit of $250 is offered for lots 616-644. This credit may be used towards shipping only and cannot be applied to the invoice for the lot. Sold works will be available to buyers for collection in Lambertville after May 17th.