PAUL JENKINS "GROUP THING" WATERCOLOR, 1961
Paul Jenkins (1923-2012) is a major American abstract painter.
Along with artists such as Sam Francis and Jack Youngerman, Jenkins was based mostly in Paris in the 1950's, and as a result his work developed in tandem rather than following the New York School.
Jenkins, like the aforementioned artists, came to Paris because of the famous G.I. Bill - which covered veterans' tuition and other expenses while studying. Jenkins would settle in Paris around 1953 however over the course of the next decade he would regularly exhibit in the United States. By 1960 Jenkins had sold work to the Whitney and Peggy Guggenheim. He also had a solo show at the legendary Martha Jackson Gallery.
On first glance one could associate Jenkins with the Color Field artists. Although his practice included pouring paint directly on canvas, his approach and certain technical elements of his creative process keep him in context with the Abstract Expressionists. Specifically he worked on primed canvas, used an ivory knife (for control) and did not stain his surfaces.
This understated work comes from the artist's key first decade of production.
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Watercolor on creme wove paper
Signed, titled "Phenomena Group Thing" and dated "Paris 1961" verso
Signed by the artist lower right.
13”H 9.5”W (work)
Framed with museum glass
Very good condition
Provenance: Galerie Karl Flinker, Paris
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