SMITH, DAVID. (1906-1965). American artist known for his large abstract metal sculptures. SP. (“David Smith”). 1p. Postcard. Bolton Landing, June 25, 1964. A rare Whitney Museum color postcard of his 1945 sculpture, Cockfight – Variation.
Smith studied at New York’s Art Students League during the 1920s, before joining the Works Progress Administration’s Federal Art Project during the Great Depression and meeting fellow artists as Stuart Davis, Arshile Gorky and Willem de Kooning. In 1932, he began sculpting on his farm in Bolton Landing, New York, and, inspired by Pablo Picasso and Julio González, became the first American artist to create welded metal sculptures. Although he also produced a large number of paintings and drawings, it is for his sculptures, such as his geometric Cubis, that he is best known.
Cockfight – Variation was first exhibited in 1946 at the Willard and Buchholz Galleries in New York, where it was purchased by the Whitney Museum.
Boldly signed and dated from Bolton Landing, vertically, on either side of the image. Very fine. Autographs of Smith are rare.