Levis Fine Art, Inc. specializes in the identification, acquisition, scholarship, exhibition and sale of Pre and Post-War modernist paintings and sculpture.
We pride ourselves in offering the finest examples by artists who were highly respected by their peers and museums, but are for the most part still relatively unknown to most collectors today. The reasons for their undeserved obscurity are diverse, and as such allow us to present significant opportunities for a wide range of collectors and museums.
As a third generation art collector, co- founder of the Fortress Corporation (the nation’s largest fine art storage and management services firm serving over 100 Museums and 6000 collectors and galleries) and owner of Levis Fine Art, Inc., Jim Levis has had the pleasure of working with collectors, corporations, artists’ estates and museums in the US and abroad for over 40 years.
Our inventory of art by these artists includes the best works of Nassos Daphnis, Dorothy Dehner, Beauford Delaney, Burgoyne Diller, George Grosz, Grace Hartigan, Budd Hopkins, Paul Jenkins, Elaine de Kooning, Ibram Lassaw, De Hirsch Margules, Milton Resnick, Jose de Rivera, James Rosati, Rolph Scarlett, Leon Polk Smith, Hedda Sterne, Yvonne Thomas, Mark Tobey Albert Wein, William Zorach, Marguerite Zorach and Francisco Zuniga.
We are proud to exhibit their art along side their highly visible peers including Alice Neel, Willem de Kooning, Milton Avery, Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Archipenko, Thomas Hart Benton, Kenneth Noland and Sam Francis.
Levis Fine Art takes pride in presenting works directly from the estates and/or families of Beauford Delaney, Maurice Golubov, Budd Hopkins and Elaine de Kooning. We have some of the finest works from their best periods. We have won the confidence of our consignors by demonstrating integrity in our frequent and open communication, transaction reporting and prompt payment. We have won the confidence of our clients who look to us for best examples in the best condition at a fair value.
Levis Fine Art has mounted or been instrumental in organizing several exhibitions over the past 10 years, including the 2008 retrospective on Albert Wein, N.A. at the Boston Athenaeum, and several exhibitions at it’s gallery in 2009 and 2010 and 2011 including: “The Fourth Dimension-the genius of Maurice Golubov”, “de Kooning -works by Willem de Kooning and Elaine de Kooning”, and “Form and Figure- Avery through Zuniga”. Jim Levis has authored numerous articles on mid-century modern art.
Levis Fine Art has participated in numerous national fine art fairs including Art20 New York, USArtists in Philadelphia, The Boston Fine Art Fair and The Los Angeles Fine Art Fair. Mr. Levis has been a speaker before museum groups and the World Presidents Organization, and is a member of the Chief Executives Organization.
Whether you’re interested in acquiring one painting or building a collection, we strive to make sure that each acquisition is not only visually and emotionally rewarding for you, but also can be viewed as an intelligent “wealth-preservation” asset.
Please view our website to get a glimpse of some of the artist’s works we currently have available. All works shown are subject to prior sale. We look forward to working with you in the near future. We operate by appointment only, so please call at 914-762-4880 or email us to schedule a viewing.
De Hirsch MargulesBiography of the Artist
De Hirsch Margules
(1899 - 1965)
Color Ladder No. 4, 1944-1946
Oil on canvas
19 x 20
Signed and dated lower left
De Hirsch Margules
(1899 - 1965)
“So animate and vivacious a presence in American art…..we accede to his delight in boats, streets, piers, and flowers: all spinning about in a kinetic riot of sharp primary sensations. His paintings express the experience of living in New York City”. -ArtNews, May 1961 Color and viscosity best describe De Hirsch Margules’ preoccupation as an artist. He sought to create a technique which would serve as a new artistic language for the third dimension of physical presence and a fourth dimension of time, using the balance of color and texture as a basis. His works have a transcendental quality about them, one which is inherent in both perspective and in medium. Margules became an intrinsic part of the art world in New York City as early as 1929. His endearing friendship with Alfred Stieglitz, artist and major patron/dealer, allowed him the opportunity to meet and learn from some of the most renowned artists of the period: Stuart Davis, Jan Matulka, and John Marin. It was John Marin, a very accomplished watercolorist, who Margules looked up to as a mentor. Margules created impactful works of brilliant vivid color with a viscosity that paralleled the overly applied works of the Abstract Expressionists. His works were aimed at recreating the psychological impact of the time of the day in tandem with expressing the tangibility of the objects represented. Such became known as “time perspective” paintings. Margules spent his career alternating between these paintings and his watercolors, but ultimately within the construct of both mediums, Margules was able to prove himself amongst his contemporaries as a master colorist, abstractionist and an explorer of the time continuum. Within his lifetime career Margules had over thirty one-man shows, consistent representation at the Whitney Annuals from 1938-1956. His work is currently in the permanent collections of major museums such as the Whitney, Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to name a few.