Sale: Sotheby's, Tel Aviv, October 11, 1995, lot 11 Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Memorial Exhibition: Jewish Artists who Perished in the Holocaust, 1968, no. 177
This impressive portrait, an example of Georges Kars' early cubist style, was painted when the artist was only 28 years of age.
Cecil Roth comments on the talent of Kars: “... Kars has left us a number of compositions that can bear comparison with some of the works of Modigliani and of Picasso’s classical period. The sobriety of his harmonies is relieved by rare touches of brilliant color that he applied with a quality almost akin to wit. The atmosphere that he thus created infuses life into all that he painted, as well as a kind of poetry that he was able to distill from the contemporary scene.” (Waldemar George in Cecil Roth, Jewish Art, London, 1971, p. 238).
Oil on relined canvas. The picture surface is in generally good condition aside from some very small, pinpoint sized losses scattered across the work. They are most visible at the top of the sitter's hair, in her lower bust and around her waist, in the area around her right elbow, and near her right hand. Under UV light there are a few scattered areas of older inpaint visible as a horizontal line across the center of her left arm and in the lower right corner. There are small areas of scattered newer inpainting which fluoresce more darkly at the top of the sitters head, the upper right corner, along the outline of her right arm from shoulder to hand and in the central area of the torso. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.