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This ink on napkin drawing by William Copley exhibits the artist's characteristic use of wavy lines and spontaneity within the forms of his figures. Captured in undulating and dynamic lines, four figures and a dog are rendered onto this paper napkin, with an interior scene laid out in the background.

American artist William N. Copley(1919-1996) is celebrated for his diverse roles within the art market, participating in various ways as a painter, gallerist, patron, collector and critic from the mid 1940s until his death in 1996. Throughout the course of his career as a painter he experimented with Dada, Surrealism, Cubism and Pop Art, keeping close relationships with Man Ray, Max Ernst, and Duchamp, among others. While living in Paris, Copley’s work infused American perspective, humor and irony within the Surrealist tradition. He later became a significant figure within the early Pop Art movement, with his art fixating on various American myths such as the ‘cowboy,’ ‘saloon culture’ and the ‘pin up,’ while incorporating aspects of Folk Art. Copley’s work is recognized for its bold colors, flowing lines and complex content. His works are within the permanent collections of many influential institutions, such as The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. In addition, a travelling retrospective recently visited the Kunsthalle Bern, Centre Georges Pompidou and the Stedelijk Van Abbesmuseum.

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The seller has recorded the following condition for this lot:
Surface Soiling
Overall Yes
Date: Unavailable – contact Specialist for details
Notes: Small stain center right. Some minor surface soiling on the verso.

Definition Key
Image The central image area, composition, or focal point; the area inside the margins/plate marks.
Margin Areas bordering the central image, outside the plate marks, or the perimeter area.
Edge The farthest edge of the object.
Verso The reverse/back of the object.

Minor An existing condition which generally does not involve risk of loss.
Moderate Noticeable damage, increasing in severity and/or size; should be monitored or corrected by a conservator.
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Extreme Advanced and severe damage; work is insecure and at great risk.

  • Estate of Marcia Tucker; Private Collection, NY
  • Pickup Location: New York, USA
  • Shipping Dimensions: 9.25 x 10 in. (23.5 x 25.4 cm.)
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