Les Amis de Beauford Delaney

Beauford Delaney, Untitled (Composition in Blue), gouache on wove paper, 1961. Estimate: 8,000 to 12,000; at auction June 24th. 

Beauford Delaney was born in Knoxville, TN in 1901. As he evolved as an artist, he quickly found himself attracted to the bohemian art scenes of the era. Delaney settled into New York's Greenwich Village when it was the center for avant-garde art, working alongside other artists, writers and musicians. In 1953, he moved to Paris, where he joined the artistic expat community that included James Baldwin, Sam Francis, Henry Miller and Bob Thompson. Once in France, his paintings moved to pure abstraction. 

Today, his grave just outside of Paris is left unmarked. The organization Les Amis de Beauford Delaney is working to maintain Delaney's memory by raising money to place a tombstone at Delaney's grave. Click here to read more about what this group is doing to preserve the memory of this modern African-American painter. 

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