Description: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 102 by 140cm., 40 by 55in.
Medium: oil on canvas
Condition Report: The following condition report has been prepared by Hamish Dewar Ltd., 13 and 14 Mason's Yard, St James', London, SW1Y 6BU: UNCONDITIONAL AND WITHOUT PREJUDICE Structural Condition The canvas is unlined and is securely attached to what certainly appears to be the artist's original keyed wooden stretcher. The canvas is inscribed on the reverse and there are traces of the artist's paint on the reverse of the canvas and the stretcher. Paint Surface The paint surface appears unvarnished. There is evidence of ingrained dirt and handling marks within the white background. The paint surface has an extensive pattern of raised craquelure and scattered areas of extremely fragile and lifting paint with associated paint losses throughout the heavily impastoed parts of the composition. There are also scattered areas of fine lines of craquelure within the white background including corresponding to the stretcher members. These appear stable. Inspection under ultra-violet light shows lines of retouching on the extreme edges of the composition, most notably on the upper edge, a vertical line of retouching with an associated diagonal line of retouching towards the lower right corner of the composition, and a further fine, linear retouching towards the upper right corner. No retouchings are visible within the heavily impastoed parts of the composition. Summary The painting would therefore appear to be in relatively good condition and would benefit from the localised consolidation of any areas of fragile and lifting paint and from infilling, texturing and retouching of any associated paint losses.
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Exhibited: Paris, Galerie de France; Budapest, Erdész & Makláry Fine Arts, Plug, Műcsarnok, Judit Reigl, Tension 1956-2006, 2006
Debrecen, MODEM Centre for Modern and Contemporary Arts, Judit Reigl, 2010, illustrated in the catalogue
Budapest, Ludwig Museum of Contemporary Art, Judit Reigl: Emptiness and Ecstasy, 2014, illustrated in the catalogue
Provenance: Galerie de France, Paris
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