Lot 13
  • 13

JOSEPH STELLA | Untitled

Estimate
30,000 - 50,000 USD
bidding is closed

Description

  • Joseph Stella
  • Untitled
  • signed Joseph Stella (lower right)
  • oil on canvas
  • 19 1/8 by 18 7/8 inches
  • (48.6 by 47.9 cm)

Provenance

Acquired by the present owner, circa 1998

Condition

The canvas is lined and the tacking edges are trimmed. There is fine scattered surface cracking throughout, particularly in the darker pigments. The work retains a discolored varnish. Under UV: there appears to be inpainting to address frame abrasion at the extreme edges.
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Catalogue Note

This portrait in profile bears a strong resemblance to Joseph Stella‚Äôs Portrait of Samuel Putnam (n.d., Private collection). An American editor, publisher, and author, Putnam was a frequent contributor to The Chicago Tribune, Evening Post and publications such as the Daily Worker. He later gained widespread recognition as a prolific literary translator and an expert on the literature of Brazil.