Description: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 81 by 54cm, 32 by 21 1/4 in.
Medium: oil on canvas
Condition Report: Original canvas. The canvas is buckling in places, most notably in the lower right corner and the sitter's right hand. There are light frame abrasions to the edges. Faint stretcher bar marks are visible at the edges and running horizontally through the centre of the composition. The paint layer is uneven and there are numerous accretions. There is a layer of surface dirt and the uneven varnish layer has discoloured. Cracks are visible throughout, some are lifting in places. There are isolated areas of paint flaking with associated losses such as in the chin and neck of the bust and in the neck of the painted portrait head. There is a scratch with associated paint loss in the lower right corner. Other scattered flecks of paint loss are visible in places. Inspection under UV light does not reveal any obvious signs of retouching, but the thick discoloured varnish layer prevents a more conclusive analysis. Held in a gold painted wooden frame. Unexamined out of frame.
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Exhibited: Possibly Galerie Lucie Weill, Paris,
Hommage à Tchelitchew, 12 October - 12 November 1966, no.13
Provenance: Galerie Lucie Weill, Paris
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