Lot 80: CLEMENTINE REUBEN HUNTER, (AMERICAN 1886-1988), "BLACK JESUS"
December 14, 2016
Philadelphia, PA, USALive Auction
CLEMENTINE REUBEN HUNTER
Signed with conjoined initials and dated ''1970'' bottom right, oil on upson board
27 x 16 1/4 in. (68.6 x 41.3cm)
Neal Auction Company, New Orleans, sale of December 1-2, 2007, lot 452.
We are grateful to Mr. Thomas Whitehead for his assistance in confirming the authenticity of this work.
Frame: 33 1/2 x 10 3/4 x 1 1/4 in.
With surface soiling and debris present throughout and apparent faint drip marks and dots of staining variously as well, for example, there is speckled brown staining most noticable in the white edges of the cross and a vertical drip mark evident specifically in left arm of the cross, though others present as well. There is craquelure evident in areas where paint is heaviest, for example, in the white of the angels. The yellow paint is thinly applied and has a mottled appearance, original to the working method. This is true of the black paint as well. There is various light brown and black speckles/ staining in yellow also, possibly stray flecks of paint. With wear to edges, especially at the bottom left corner where there is a 1 x 1 inch area where surface is lifted. Frame rub present as well with black and brown staining evident around edges consistent with contact with the frame and some areas of paint loss as well. There are three 1 inch long pieces of tape and 1 two inches long along the bottom horizontal edge. All but one has been painted over, consistent with the working method of the artist.
Descriptions provided in both printed and on-line catalogue formats do not include condition reports. The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Interested bidders are strongly encouraged to request a condition report on any lots upon which they intend to bid, prior to placing a bid. All transactions are governed by Freeman's Conditions of Sale.