Sale: Sotheby's, New York, March 16, 2006, lot 118 Acquired at the above sale by the present owner
Mordechai Omer, Michael Gross, Tel Aviv, 1993, no. 58, illustrated p. 44
Gross painted his only sister, Shlomit, repeatedly throughout her lifetime, fascinated since childhood by her vitality, her social involvement and her central place in the family's life. "The first portraits of Shlomit were painted when Gross returned from Paris. Especially noteworthy is the portrait from 1958... where Gross succeeded in abstracting and condensing the features of her face in a language that was simultaneously minimalistic and expressive. Her long hair broke off just where it met the patch that represents her face, and her portrait took shape in a free flow from the figurative to the abstract." (Mordechai Omer, Michael Gross, 1993, Tel Aviv, p. 28).
Oil on canvas, canvas is not lined. Surface: In generally good condition aside from scattered dots of loss, a few scattered areas of abrasion on the blue shirt of the figure, and very faint stretcher marks along lower edge. UNDER UV: No apparent inpainting. 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.