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Oil on Board
16 1/8 x 11 3/4 inches
23 7/8 x 18 1/8 inches framed
Signed Melville Price 50 lower right
Good condition
Massachusetts origin

Melville Price (NY,NY 1920 – Tuscaloosa, AL 1970) An excerpt of his biography appears below.

A painter in abstract styles and art educator, Melville Price was born in Kingston, New York and was in New York City at the time when Abstract Expressionist painting was dominant. He studied at the Art Students League, the National Academy of Design and the New School for Social Research. From 1950 to 1952, he taught at the Philadelphia Museum School and from from 1958 to 1970 at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. In the early 1940s, Melville Price worked in his Brooklyn studio and befriended modernist paintings Franz Kline, Joseph Stella, Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock. By 1949 his style had “evolved from a surrealist based biomorphism to a signature style of gestural abstraction.”
In Price‚Äôs “Maze Series” (1949-51), his second wife Barbara Price stated he “wished to establish a tenuous balance between the automatic gesture, the emerging forms, and the depth of the field of the painting itself, seeking a sense of rightness throughout. In so doing, he skillfully activated the entire surface of the painting.” ( Barbara G. Price, Without Compromise: The Art of Melville Price (Chicago, Ill.: Thomas McCormick Gallery, 2002), 17)

1950 “maze series” oil on board painting by American artist Melville Price (1920 – 1970) measuring approximately 16 1/8 x 11 3/4 inches in a larger period frame measuring approximately 23 7/8 x 18 1/8 inches.