Untitled, with Red Glaze Clef
Glazed Stoneware; ht. 11.5, wd. 13.5, dp. 6.5 in.
Incised Artist signature and date at foot.
These vessel/sculptures are profound and important works, his Rosetta Stones in a sense, and are necessary for understanding Arneson’s later oeuvre. It captures his approach to clay, an aesthetic that so deliberately lacked overt refinement that many, wrongly, described his style as amateurish. Indeed its squishy fecundity was carefully developed and remained with him through the 1960’s even with his figurative work, until he began his portraits, to exhibit more “conventional” skill with his superb large-scale modeling of busts and other works.
Provenance: The Collection of Allan Stone, New York Arneson Estate Number 64.048.C Literature: Robert Arneson: Playing Dirty, New York: Allan Stone Gallery, 2012, p. 32 illus.
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