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Milton Resnick (American, 1917–2004)
LOT ID: 80871
Untitled, Straw Series, 1982

Oil, on Board, Mounted on Wood
40 х 30 in. (101.6 x 76.2 cm.)
Signed, and dated verso
Lot description
Artwork measures 40 x 30 inches (101.6 x 76.2 cm).

This work from Milton Resnick's "Straw" series is a meditation in earth and clay tones, with bright slivers of white, orange, red, green, and lavender animating the painting's surface. Executed with extreme impasto, it is a lyrical late-career work from one of the major figures of Abstract Expressionism. Like many of the artist's works from the period, it is a highly abstract painting that nevertheless evokes an encounter with the natural world.

Milton Resnick (American, 1917–2004) was a first generation Abstract Expressionist. Born in Russia, he immigrated with his family to the United States at age five; by 14 he had begun taking evening classes in commercial art at the Pratt Institute. Milton later transferred to the American Artists’ school, where he shifted his focus to Fine Art. Resnick’s father prohibited him from pursuing art, which forced him to move out and continue school, supporting himself as an elevator boy. In 1938, he moved to his first New York studio, where he became close friends with Willem de Kooning (American/Dutch, 1904–1997). Two years later, Resnick was drafted into the army, serving in Iceland and Europe. He settled in Paris after the war, where he met many artists, such as Alberto Giacometti (Swiss, 1901–1966) and Constantin Brancusi (Romanian, 1876–1957). After three years in Paris, Resnick returned to New York and continued his education through Hans Hofmann’s school. It was in the start of the 1950s that Resnick began to gain recognition for his paintings. In 1961, he married fellow Abstract Expressionist Pat Passlof (American, b. 1928).

Selected Public Collections:
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
National Museum of American Art, Washington, DC
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Untitled, Straw Series by Milton Resnick
  • Untitled, Straw Series by Milton Resnick
  • Untitled, Straw Series by Milton Resnick
  • Untitled, Straw Series by Milton Resnick
  • Untitled, Straw Series by Milton Resnick
  • Untitled, Straw Series by Milton Resnick
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