Auction 2018 - Sold

Lot 252

This lot was auctioned April 7th.

Bob Kuhn
1920-2007
Dust Bath
Acrylic
24 x 44 inches
FRAMED/BASE: 52 x 32 inches
ESTIMATE: $ 100,000 - $ 200,000
Signed lower right and dated 81
Signed and dated Oct 1981 verso

Additional Details

Clouds of dust rise from the brown earth in a cloudless yellow sky. You almost expect the distant trees to be upside down. Kuhn gets the heat, gets the three capes, gets the moment when a bath in dust is all that’s to be had. There’s a brilliant economy at work here. An arrangement of horizontal planes is broken by a few, thin verticals and angles. The abstract application of contrasting colors denotes the sheen of the animals’ coats, their sweat. But there’s a subtle humor here as well. The two buffs at right seem to be waiting their turn, as if this is the only–or maybe just the best–dust bath on the plain.

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