The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Urszula Lazowski on the basis of photographs.
Private collection, New York, circa 1960s
Painted circa 1940-50s. This poignant double-sided work combines Mela Muter's familiar theme of maternity and motherly love with parallel references to the life and death of Christ. A single red flower in the foreground of both unites the two scenes.
The board is sound. Double-sided. One side of the work (with the farm scene) has been recently reviewed and worked on by a conservator. Spots of loss to the gesso and oil have been repainted expertly and it is in fine condition to hang. There are some small visible areas of bubbling to the pigment, and some minor craquelure and stray scuffs and scratches. The verso has more visible losses of gesso and oil and would benefit by review from a conservator. Sold unframed. "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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."