Lot 104: MIGUEL COVARRUBIAS, (MEXICAN, 1904-1957), "OLD LADY AND GIRL IN EVERYDAY DRESS"

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May 4, 2014, 2:00 PM EST
Philadelphia, PA, US
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Description: MIGUEL COVARRUBIAS
(mexican, 1904-1957)/span
"OLD LADY AND GIRL IN EVERYDAY DRESS"
Signed bottom right, oil on panel.
23 3/4 x 19 5/8 in. (60.3 x 49.8cm)
provenance:
/spanThe Estate of Ernestyna Schenker, New York.

literature:/span
Susan Kellog, Weaving the Past: A History of Latin America's Indigenous Women From the Prehispanic Period to the Present," Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2005 (another example p. 104).
VogueJanuary 15, 1942, similar example illustrated.

note:

We are grateful to Adriana Williams for her assistance in researching this painting.
Condition Report: Frame size 31 x 25 1/2 in.

The painting is in stable condition.
The painting support is a piece of tempered masonite with which the artist has used the embossed side for painting the composition. Both sides of the masonite have a priming layer which in part has contributed to the structural stability of the painting and has helped the masonite support remain in plane. The paint and priming layers remain well adhered to one another and to the masonite support. Extremely fine cracking seen under high magnification in the relatively thicker paint applications does not represent a structural concern. The white areas at the edges of the painting are not losses; they are
bits of the paint from the frame rabbet superficially adhered to the paint surface. These can be readily removed, with care, from the underlying paint surface without causing alteration to the original surface.
The surface of the painting is covered with a layer of grime beneath which the surface gloss of the painting can be seen to vary subtly in accord with localized applications of varnish and/or the varying amounts of medium in the artist's paint mixtures.
Under UV fluorescence there appear to be numerous revisions to areas of the composition. As there is not evidence of trauma to the painting in these areas, they are likely artist's revisions.
The painting is held in the frame with brads and the markings of the brads on the reverse of the masonite suggest that this is the only frame in which the painting has been housed. The frame has existing losses and would require consolidation to prevent further loss.


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