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Lot 325: Julian Levi (1900-82)
Arcade Auction-American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture
September 24, 1998
New York, NY, USA
Description: PORTRAIT OF ROMANY MARIE signed; dated on the reverse, oil on canvas. 36 by 27 in. 91.4 by 68.6 cm. Romany Marie was well-known and beloved by two generations of intellectuals in New York's Greenwich Village. Her cafe, which bore her name, was a frequent haunt for struggling writers, poets, artists and scientists, who were assured a good meal whether they were able to pay for it or not. Her patrons included the likes of Marsden Hartley, Stuart Davis, Mark Tobey, Eugene O'Neill and Buckminster Fuller. Provenance: Downtown Gallery, New York; Mr. R.H. Norton, Chicago; The Norton Gallery and School of Art, West Palm Beach Exhibited: Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, 1943 (The Norman Wait Harris Silver Medal and Prize); Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, One Hundred and Thirty-Eigth Annual Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture, 1943; Pittsburgh, Carnegie Institute, Painting in the United States, 1944, 1944 Literature: 'Romanticism Flavors Chicago Institute's 54th American Annual', The Art Digest, Vol. 18, No. 3, November 1, 1943, illstrated p. 5; Esquire, November, 1943.