American, 1928-1999

Untitled, 1963

oil on canvas
33 1/2 x 29 inches

  • Provenance: The artist; John G. Powers (purchased 1963); John G. and Kimiko Powers Collection; property of a Non-Profit Organization, received as a gift from the above.
  • Notes: Special thanks to the Estate of Lynne Drexler for their assistance in cataloging this lot.

    Framed dimensions: 34 1/4 x 29 7/8 x 1 1/2 inches

    "I've always felt deeply within myself I was a damn good artist, though the world didn't recognize me as such. I wasn't about to play their game."
    — Lynne Mapp Drexler

    Lynne Mapp Drexler was born in Newport News, Virginia in 1928, she was educated at the Richmond Professional Institute and the College of William and Mary. She studied painting with Hans Hofmann in New York and Provincetown, and with Robert Motherwell at Hunter College Graduate School. She was part of the second-generation of Abstract Expressionists—including Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Larry Rivers. Drexler incorporated aspects of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism into her vivid, innovative paintings.

    Drexler lived for many years in New York City, where she painted and cultivated her love of the performing arts. She lived for a period of time in the Chelsea Hotel in its Bohemian heyday. She met her husband, painter John Hultberg at the 8th Street Artists Club in New York and they were married in 1962. Hultberg was represented by the art dealer Martha Jackson, who bought a house for him on Monhegan Island, a tiny, rockbound island off the coast of Maine, long loved by many artists, in 1963. Drexler's inspiration derived primarily from Monhegan, where she and her husband spent their summers until moving to the island permanently in 1983.

    Many of her paintings created after 1962 are clearly inspired by the landscape of Monhegan and her affinity with nature and music became deeply intertwined in her work. This vision is apparent in the current work, Untitled,1963 offered here.

    Lynne Mapp Drexler died at her home on Monhegan Island on December 30, 1999 following a long illness. Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Monhegan Museum, Farnsworth Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, Greenville County Museum of Art, and the Portland Museum of Art, among others.

    Despite her talent and dedication, Drexler is just now beginning to receive well-deserved scholarly and market attention. There will be a major exhibition of her works at Mnuchin Gallery and Berry-Campbell Gallery in New York City from October 27-December 17, 2022, the first showing of her work in New York City in 38 years.

    Tags: oil painting, abstract expressionist, abstract expressionism, female artist, woman artist, 20th century, mid-century, Hofmann school, modern / contemporary
  • Condition: in excellent original condition; unlined canvas; some very minor areas of craquelure

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