Lot 71: JEAN LOUIS BILWEIS, (FRENCH B. 1932), "LE PLONGEUR"
December 14, 2016
Philadelphia, PA, USALive Auction
JEAN LOUIS BILWEIS
(french b. 1932)
Signed and dated ''Bilweis 1983'' on arm patch upper center left; also signed, numbered ''781'', titled, and dated verso, airbrush on stainless steel, unframed
77 1/4 x 39 in. (196.2 x 99.1cm)
Galerie Levi, New York, New York.
Acquired from the above in 1983.
With accumulated dust and surface debris throughout, with general wear as expected over time. Surface soiling and residue present throughout, for example, small brown dots concentrated in areas on the helmet and in the red acrylic. Various scratches, fingerprints and smudges evident as well. With moisture flecks and drips throughout. There are longer moisture drips beginning at the figures left foot into his leg. With tiny bubbles present in the acrylic paint throughout, for example, concentrated in the figure's hand and in the yellow patch on his sleeve. The surface exhibits sign of previous cleaning- residue apparent consistent with wiping in the top half of the stainless steel. At the back of the figure's head, the flat stainless steel element is beginning to break away from the side steel element so that there is a slight crack between the two pieces. See images.
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