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George Tooker
Woman and Child

2000

$250,000

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A painting by George Tooker. "Woman and Child" is a Post-War figurative painting, egg tempera on panel in a palette of oranges, browns, and blues by artist George Tooker. The artwork is signed in the lower right, "TOOKER". George Tooker (1920 – 2011) was an American figurative painter born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Bellport, Long Island. Although his work is often associated with Magical Realism or Surrealism, Tooker disagreed with both these labels, claiming once that he painted reality as it impressed itself on his mind, rather than a dream or fantasy. The reality expressed in Tooker’s early paintings often involved the quotidian aspects of late 20th century urban life. His early canvases take daily mundanities like riding the subway, standing in line at a government office, or sitting in a row of cubicles and turns them into eerie and haunting scenes of human alienation and despair. A strong critic of government bureaucracy and corporate culture, Tooker’s works often contrasted these modern settings with smoothly modeled sculptural figures reminiscent of some Florentine Renaissance painting. Tooker’s later works explore more internal and spiritual themes. Instead of placing his figures in urban institutional settings Tooker creates imagined environments full of religious symbolism that confront issues of death, grief, spirituality, and the afterlife. Before his death in 2011, Tooker received a retrospective at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Tooker’s other major solo exhibitions include George Tooker: Paintings, 1947-1973, organized by the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, California, in 1974; George Tooker: Paintings and Working Drawings at the Marsh Gallery, University of Richmond, Virginia, in 1989; 50 Years of Painting and Study Drawings at the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Massachusetts, in 1994; and George Tooker: A Retrospective at the National Academy Museum, New York, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, and Columbus Museum of Art, Ohio, in 2008-09. Tooker’s work is represented in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C., and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York among others. He received the prestigious National Medal of Arts in 2007. Provenance: with DC Moore Gallery, New York Private Collection, California Exhibition: New York, DC Moore Gallery. George Tooker, Recent Paintings. November 15 - December 29, 2000 New York, DC Moore Gallery. Memorial Exhibition. Reality Reflects as a Dream. June 9 - August 5, 2011

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