Sold: Butterfields, San Francisco, California, December 13, 1994, lot 1060 Acquired by the present owner at the above sale
Pasadena, California, Pasadena Art Museum, Memorial Exhibition, 1960
Ernest Watson, Twenty Painters and How They Work, New York, 1950, p. 57, illustrated
Francis de Erdely was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1904 and studied at the city's Royal Academy of Art. His early work depicted the atrocities of the first World War and he was eventually banished from Hungary by early Gestapo members. In 1939, de Erdely immigrated to the United States and eventually settled in Los Angeles. He became a principal figure in the development of the West Coast Modernist School, interested in conveying a strong sense of social commentary and often depicting the regional minorities of African and Mexican heritage.
The canvas is unlined. There is frame abrasion at edges and a few specks of loss near the center right edge. Under UV: The work retains an uneven varnish. There is inpainting to frame abrasion at center left edge, a few small dots to the right of the man's head and a few pindots above the bottom fishtail. 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.