Melville Price

American, 1920 - 1970

Study for Black Warrior, 1962
Mixed media and collage on paper
9 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches (framed 17 1/4 x 20 1/4 inches)

Signed and dated M. Price 62, lower left; Inscribed for Alma & Leonard Nelson, lower right


Melville Price was born in Kingston, New York in 1920. He studied at the Art Student’s League, the National Academy of Design and the New School for Social Research. He taught at the Philadelphia Museum School from 1950-1952 and at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa from 1958-1970.

Price became one of the youngest members of the Abstract Expressionist movement. His mentors were Joseph Stella and Franz Kline. Price ‘s work has been shown at retrospective exhibitions at the Speed Museum in Louisville, KY and the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, DC. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Corcoran Museum of Art, the Greenville County Museum of Art, the Los Angeles Museum County Museum of Art, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the National Museum of American Art, the Smart Museum at the University of Chicago and the Speed Museum. He died in Tuscaloosa, AL in 1970.

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