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Guy Pène du Bois (American, 1884-1958) Portrait of Juliana Force

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American & European Works of Art - 3029B
Date / Time :
September 27, 2017 4:00PM


Guy Pène du Bois (American, 1884-1958)

Portrait of Juliana Force
Signed "Guy Pène du Bois" l.r.
Mixed media including watercolor and oil stick on paper, sight size 15 1/4 x 9 1/4 in. (38.7 x 23.5 cm), framed.
Condition: Sheet affixed to backing at top edge, scattered fox marks, rippling, not examined out of mat.

Provenance: The artist; by descent to Mrs. John Trent, Mt. Kisco, New York; to a private Rhode Island collection, 1979.

N.B. Juliana Force was the first director of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and a great promoter of contemporary artists, including Guy Pène du Bois. In addition to this portrait in profile, Pène du Bois used Force as the central figure in another work, Juliana Force at the Whitney Studio Club, 1921, in the collection of the Whitney Museum. Force forged a strong relationship with the founder of the Whitney Museum, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, beginning in 1914 with their collaborations on the Whitney Studio and the Whitney Studio Club (predecessors to the museum). The two women worked to build an interest in American art through exhibitions, lectures, and classes, and to create a thriving community for contemporary American artists.
Estimate $2,000-3,000

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