Lloyd Ney 1893-1965

Martinique F.W.I.

  • 21 3/4 x 14 3/4 inches (55.2 x 37.5 cm)
  • Tempera and watercolor with pencil
  • Signed lower left: Martinique F.W.I. / NEY

Why We Love It

A member of the lesser known “New Hope Modernist School, Ney embraced a contemporary painting style throughout his career. Ney travelled widely, and in this work on paper, he captures the exotic feel of Martinique through the bold sensual shapes of the dancing figures painted with a highly saturated color palette.

The Value

Ney’s work captures the dynamism and spirit of Modernism at an attractive price point. This paintings is an nice opportunity for a new collector to enter modern paintings market.

Artist Background

1893: Born in Friedenburg, Pennsylvania; 1914: Enrolled at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; 1917: Won a Cresson Fellowship to study in Europe; 1920s: Traveled to France, where he studied and painted in France with the European modernist community there; 1925: Returned to America and settled in New Hope; 1930s: Exhibited with the New Group and the Independents, New Hope’s two modernist organizations; 1941: Commissioned by the WPA to paint a mural for the post office in New London, Ohio; 1941-1956: Exhibited in group shows for fifteen consecutive years at the Guggenheim Museum in New York; 1965: Died.