Important Design /08 June 2010


Harry Bertoia

untitled (monumental Bush form)

USA, c. 1962
welded copper and bronze with applied patina
25 w x 22 d x 42 h in (63 x 56 x 107 cm)

The highly detailed and labor-intensive Bush series illustrates a mastery of welded metal sculpture by Harry Bertoia. Initially growing out of an exploration of natural forms using wire or brass-coated iron, the Bush forms became more refined throughout the 1960s. Executed in copper and bronze which garners a rich green patina over time, the Bush sculptures culminate in purified shapes that are defined by the undulating surfaces of metal points. Bertoia’s best works from this series display a scale and density of material that distinguish them in his oeuvre. This masterpiece was acquired directly from the Harry Bertoia by a close friend in the early 1960s.


estimate: $300,000–500,000

provenance: Acquired directly from the artist by the present owner