David Smith, Bathers
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Estimate: 450,000-650,000 USD
Sold for 1,426,500 USD
Price Point Value $1,426,500 USD
Auctioned on Nov 11 2009

Description & Provenance & Exhibitions & Literature
David Smith
1906 - 1965

incised with the artist's signature and date '40 on the sculpture; incised with the artist's signature on the base


Sculpture: 14 by 14 by 7 in. 35.6 by 35.6 by 17.8 cm.
With Base: 16 1/2 by 15 by 7 1/2 in. 41.9 by 38.1 by 19.1 cm.

This sculpture will be included in a new catalogue raisonné of David Smith's sculpture being prepared by The Estate of David Smith.


Marian Willard and Dan Rhodes Johnson, New York (acquired directly from the artist)
Miani Johnson, New York (by descent from the above)
Diva Fine Arts S.A., Geneva
Acquired by the present owner from the above

New York, Neumann-Willard Gallery, David Smith, March – April 1940, cat. no. 3
Cambridge, MA, 15 Sculptors, May/June 1941
New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, 1942-43 Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Sculpture, Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings, November 1942 - January 1943, cat. no. 115
New York, Buchholz and Willard Gallery, The Sculpture of David Smith, January 1946, cat. no. 11
David Smith (exhibition organized by American Association of University Women and the Willard Gallery, traveling to over a dozen venues in the United States) 1946 - 1951 (not shown at all venues)
New York, Willard Gallery, Selections: Marian Willard Collection, March 1947, cat. no. 25
New York, Kleeman Gallery, Group Show, May 1948
Edmonton, The Edmonton Art Gallery; Seattle Art Museum; Winnipeg Art Gallery; Ontario, Art Gallery of Hamilton; Ontario, Art Gallery of Windsor, David Smith: the Formative Years: Sculptures and Drawings from the 1930s and 1940s, January 1981 -  January 1982, cat. no. 13, pp. 46-47, illustrated
New York, Zabriskie Gallery, Eight New York School Sculptors: 1940 - 1955, April - May 1983
New Brunswick, The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, Dorothy Dehner and David Smith: Their Decades of Search and Fullfillment, January - March 1984, cat. no. 40, p. 52, illustrated
New York, Washburn Gallery, David Smith Painting into Sculpture, October - December 1990, illustrated
New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (and traveling), David Smith: a Centennial, February - May 2006, cat. no. 23, pl. 23, illustrated in color (New York only)


Elizabeth McCausland, ``David Smith's Abstract Sculpture in Metals'', The Springfield Sunday Union and Republican, March 31, 1940, p. 6E
Ernest W. Watson, ``David Smith - From Studio to Forge'', American Artist, vol. 4, no. 3 (March 1940), p. 21, illustrated
David Smith, ``Sculpture: Art Forms in Architecture... New Techniques Affect Both'', Architectural Record 88 (Oct. 1940), p. 77, illustrated
Milton W. Brown, ``American Art a Year after Pearl Harbor'', Art News,  Dec. 1, 1942, p. 10, illustrated
Maude Riley, ``The Modern Idiom in Concrete Terms: the Sculpture of David Smith'', MKR's Outlook no. 7 (Feb. 1946), p. 5, illustrated
``Notes and Topics: Publications Received'', The Architects Journal, April 25, 1946, p. 134, illustrated
Exh. Cat., Cambridge, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University, David Smith: 1906-1965: A Retrospective Exhibition, 1966, p. 66, illustrated
Garnett McCoy, ed., David Smith, New York, 1973, fig. no. 14, p. illustrated
Rosalind E. Krauss, The Sculpture of David Smith: A Catalogue Raisonné, New York, 1977, cat. no. 134, fig. 134, illustrated
Karen Wilkin, ``David Smith: the Formative Years'', Update (the Edmonton Art Gallery), vol. 2, no. 1 (Jan/Feb 1981), p. 2, illustrated
Alain Kirili, ``David Smith: the Cult of the Solar Nude'', Sculpture, vol. 13, no. 3 (May-June 1994), p. 35, illustrated
Steven C. Munson, ``David Smith's Vision'', Commentary, vol. 121, no. 5 (May 2006), pp. 62-64

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