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.
Jeanne ReynalBiography of the Artist
(1903 - 1983)
16 x 12
Signed and dated on reverse
(1903 - 1983)
Elaine de Kooning, Dore Ashton, Lawrence Campbell, Parker Tyler and Bernard Pfriem are just a few of the critics who have given acclaim to Jeanne Reynal. Known primarily as a mosaic artist, Reynal had an important role in the Abstract Expressionist movement in New York as a pioneering mosaic artist, rediscovering the lost qualities of ancient mosaic and giving new meaning to the form through abstraction and its removal from architecture. Yet her work is almost unknown to the collecting public. Having apprenticed with Boris Anrep at the Atelier, in Paris, France from 1930 to 1938, she settled into her studio in New York City in 1946. Stable Gallery exhibited her work in the 50’s along with that of Robert Indiana, Joseph Cornell, Conrad Marca-Relli, Joan Mitchell, Isamu Noguchi, Cy Twombly, Jack Tworkov, and other important artists of the time. In 1955, Reynal married Thomas Sills Reynal explored the sensuality of surface with her work. In searching for a means to a direct mosaic, she developed mosaics using a variety of materials cemented directly within a structural form. Influenced by her close friends Gorky and Rothko, Reynal created works that echoed the fluid lines and curves of Gorky's early works. Her compositions emphasize swelling, biomorphic shapes, solidified in almost fossil-like constructions. (Denise Morris, Askart) Reynals works are in numerous private collections and museums including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, The Denver Art Museum, The Ford Foundation, New York University and Phillips Academy.