Eugene Berman (Russian/American, 1899-1972)
Signed with initials and dated "E.B. [within a circle]/1944" upper center, signed, inscribed, and titled "E. Berman/Hollywood. Feb.-March, 1944/..." on the reverse, with exhibition labels from the Carnegie Institute and the Whitney Museum of American Art affixed to the back of the frame and the stretcher (see below) and labels from the Saint Louis Museum of Art affixed to the stretcher bar and the backing board, with accession number inscribed on the stretcher and the reverse and with an ink stamp from City Art Museum, St. Louis, applied to the stretcher.
Oil on canvas, 58 1/2 x 45 1/2 in. (148.5 x 115.5 cm),framed.
Condition: Minor surface grime.
Provenance: Property of the Saint Louis Art Museum, sold to benefit the Acquisition Fund.
Literature: Art News XLIII (New York, September 1944),p. 7; Handbook of the Collections: The City Art Museum of Saint Louis (St. Louis, Missouri: Saint Louis Art Museum, 1953),p. 193, illustrated.
Exhibitions: Painting in the United States, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, October 14-December 12, 1943 (as Les Filles du Feu); 1944 Annual Exhibition of Contemporary American Painting, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, November 13-December 12, 1944, catalogue no. 5; 38th Annual Exhibition: American Painting, City Art Museum of St. Louis, 1946, catalogue no. 4 (p. 8, illustrated); Musical Instruments and Their Portrayal in Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, 1946, catalogue no. 63 (pp. 18-19, illustrated).
Under uv examination there is some pigment fluorescence; however, it does not seem to be due to retouch or repair. No further condition issues to report.
Framed dimensions: 64 1/2 x 52 1/2 in.
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