Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 10

Charles Ragland Bunnell
Abstract Expressionist Composition in Yellow, Blue, Teal, Gray, Orange & White


$7,50020% Off


Original vintage 1958 mid-century modern oil painting by Charles Bunnell (1897-1968), abstract expressionist composition in colors of Yellow, Blue, Teal, Green, Gray, Orange, Red & White, signed and dated lower right. Presented in a vintage gold tone frame, outer dimensions measure 34 ¾ x 28 ¾ x 1 ½ inches. Image size is 29 ¾ x 23 ¾ inches. Provenance: Estate of Charles Ragland Bunnell Charles Bunnell developed a love for art as a child in Kansas City, Missouri. Around 1915, Bunnell moved with his family to Colorado Springs, Colorado. He served in World War I and later used his GI Training to study at the Broadmoor Art Academy (later renamed the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center) during 1922 and 1923. In 1922, he married fellow student, Laura Palmer. In the late 1920’s, the Bunnell’s settled just west of Colorado Springs and 1928, they welcomed the first of their three children. Their one-acre homesite, which they referred to as “Old Home Place”, was situated between two sets of railroad tracks at the foot of Pike’s Peak. Charlie converted an old railroad boxcar into his studio, where he later gave lessons. Beginning in 1931, Bunnell spent a year and a half studying under Boardman Robinson. The two men clashed constantly due to a generation gap and markedly different philosophies. Robinson encouraged his students not to stray from realism and though Bunnell mastered Robinson’s preferred style of American Scene painting, he regularly irritated his professor with his abstract sketches. Bunnell taught at the Kansas City Art Institute during the summers of 1929, 1930, 1940, and 1941. Between 1934 and 1941, he painted and taught under federal projects which included assisting Frank Mechau on murals for the Colorado Springs Post Office. However, he did not take to mural making and, after criticism from Boardman Robinson about his use of “heavy daubs which have no place in mural work” he abandoned mural-making altogether. By the late 1930’s Bunnell’s work departed from the American Scene/Modernist style he was trained in towards abstraction. Affected by the second World War and the loss of his 10-year old son, Bunnell’s work of the early 1940’s took on a Transcendental and Surrealist tone. The works from this period are moody and readily reflect the political and personal turmoil experienced by the artist. In the late 1940’s, Bunnell began experimenting with Abstract Expressionism. He alone is credited with introducing Colorado Springs to the new style as it was excluded from the Fine Art Center’s curriculum by Boardman Robinson.


  • Creator
    Charles Ragland Bunnell (1897-1968, American)
  • Creation Year
  • Dimensions
    Height: 34.75 in. (88.27 cm)Width: 28.75 in. (73.03 cm)Depth: 1.5 in. (3.81 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Framing
    Framing Options Available
  • Condition
    very good to excellent condition with no notable damage, paint loss, etc.
  • Gallery Location
    Denver, CO
  • Reference Number
    Seller: DCG-195471stDibs: LU2734254151

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Rates vary by destination and complexity. We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Ships From: Denver, CO
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 7 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more
About the Seller
5 / 5
Located in Denver, CO
Platinum Seller
These expertly vetted sellers are 1stDibs' most experienced sellers and are rated highest by our customers.
Established in 1979
1stDibs seller since 2013
142 sales on 1stDibs
Typical response time: 6 hours
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Hawkshead: Gestural Abstract Oil Painting by Chris Sims
By Chris Sims
Located in London, Hertfordshire
This is one of Chris Sims oil paintings on board. It has a rear framework and can be hung on the wall as it is, or you can put a tray frame around it, up to you! This work, however, ...

2010s Abstract Expressionist Landscape Paintings


Oil, Board

Sea Change: Gestural Abstract Landscape Oil Painting in Earth Tones
By Chris Sims
Located in London, Hertfordshire
Sea Change, 2016, Oil on board, 35 4/5 × 38 1/5 × 2 in; 91 × 97 × 5 cm, by Chris Sims This is one of Chris Sims oil paintings on board. This work can be hung directly on the wall us...

2010s Abstract Expressionist Landscape Paintings


Oil, Board

Group Talk I
Located in Kansas City, MO
Title: Group Talk I Materials: Acrylic and oil chalks on cartonage Date: 2017 Dimensions: 27 x 39 inches (70 x 100 cm) Signed and dated by hand COA provided (both gallery and artist)...

2010s Abstract Expressionist Paintings


Chalk, Oil, Acrylic, Cardboard

Group Talk I
$450 Sale Price
43% Off
Modernist Mexican Artist "Porters Garden" Abstract Expressionist Oil Painting
By Ernesto Linares
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Genre: Modern Subject: Abstract Medium: Oil Surface: Board Dimensions: 16" x 19 3/4" x 1/4" Dimensions w/Frame: 19 1/4" x 23 1/4" Ernesto Linares Early Mexican Modernist Abstract E...

1940s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings


Oil, Board

Abstract Expressionist Latin American Oil Painting Flowers
By Ramon Prats
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Genre: Modern Subject: Abstract Medium: Oil Surface: Country: Spain This original painting by Spanish artist Ramon Prats is moody and powerful. The colors are a mix of black, grays...

1960s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings


Oil, Board

Israeli Modernist Cubist Abstract Still Life with Bird Oil Painting
By Joseph Weiss
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
Colorful mid century vibrant abstract scene. Signed in Hebrew. Joseph Weiss, Painter, Sculptor, Woodcuts. b. 1916, Romania. Immigrated 1939 to Israel. Member of Kibbutz Evron. Studi...

Mid-20th Century Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings


Board, Oil

'Abstract, Coral and Ivory', New York School Abstraction, Whitney Museum, WPA
By Victor Thall
Located in Santa Cruz, CA
Signed lower right, 'Thall V' for Victor Thall (American, 1902-1983) and painted circa 1950. A mid-century, abstract oil comprising a centrally placed and expansive star-shaped form...

1950s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings


Paper, Oil, Cardboard

Charles Clough Picture Generation Abstract Expressionist Oil Enamel Painting
By Charles Clough
Located in Bal Harbour, FL
This vibrant colorful painting is fully hand signed, dated and titled verso. It might be acrylic but it looks like oil or enamel ad I have seen it described thusly. This listing is...

1980s Abstract Expressionist Abstract Paintings



The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery