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Gifford Beal (American, 1879-1956) Portrait Study in Blue (Esther Becker Goetz)

Auction:
2930B
Lot:
404A
Sold for:
$1,476$1,200

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Auction:
American & European Works of Art - 2930B
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
September 23, 2016 4:00PM

Description:

Gifford Beal (American, 1879-1956)

Portrait Study in Blue(Esther Becker Goetz)
Signed "GIFFORD BEAL" l.r., identified on a gummed label on the back of the frame, with the artist's inventory number "1:1931" on a gummed label affixed to the stretcher.
Oil on canvas, 36 x 28 1/4 in. (92.0 x 71.5 cm), in an original Heydenryk frame.
Condition: Lined, retouch.

Provenance: The artist to Mr. & Mrs. Philip Becker Goetz, Buffalo, New York (parents of the sitter); to Esther Goetz, New York; to a private New York collection; Doyle New York, Modern & Contemporary and European & American Art, November 12, 2008, lot 1262; to the current owner.

N.B. Born in 1907, Esther Goetz studied at The Art Students League under John Sloan while Gifford Beal was serving as president. The painting, done in 1930-31, is numbered as 1-31 in Beal's personal catalog. It is reported that Beal was intrigued by the young artist's defiant yet gentle personality which he sought to reflect in the portrait.
Estimate $1,200-1,800

Label from Artists Framing Co., Inc., New York, on the back of the frame.

Framed dimensions are 43 1/4 x 35 1/4 inches.


The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.

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Philip Becker Goetz, Esther Becker Goetz, Esther Goetz, Beal, Gifford, Gifford Beal, Götz

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