American, 1904-1989


1977, oil on canvas
signed and dated Giorgio Cavallon 77 lower right
signed and dated Giorgio Cavallon 1977 verso
60 x 52 in., frame: 60 1/2 x 52 1/2 in.

  • Provenance: The Collection of the late John and Marilyn Keane, Boston and Cohasset, Massachusetts.
  • Notes: Gruenebaum Gallery (New York) label verso.

    Giorgio Cavallon was a pioneer of the American Abstract Expressionist movement and a charter member of the American Abstract Artists group. Born in Sorio, near Vicenza, Italy, in 1904, the artist immigrated to the United States in 1920. He began his formal training at the National Academy of Design in New York in 1926 and spent two summers in Provincetown studying with Charles Hawthorne. The artist described Hawthorne's approach as "much more open, much more free than the other Academicians…He never believed in drawing; he believed that if you put the right color in the right place you didn't need to draw." In the 1930s, Cavallon was contracted by the Works Progress Administration to work as Arshile Gorky's assistant in the Easel and Mural Division while simultaneously studying under Hans Hofmann in the evenings and in the summer.

    Cavallon exhibited with the American Abstract Artists group from its inception in 1936. He had a long and celebrated career, never departing from his commitment to the exploration of color and form. Cavallon's signature white pigment and chalky patches of interlocking color slabs are constants in his work, and present a more luminous and softer composition in comparison to many of his American Abstract Expressionist peers.
  • Condition: Very minor buckling of canvas along right edge. One or two flecks of surface grime. Otherwise in good condition.

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