This painting will be included in Virginia Couse Leavitt's forthcoming catalogue raisonne of the artist's work.
Mr. and Mrs. Roger Holler, Maitland, Florida (sold: Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, Chicago, Illinois, September 24, 2012, lot 41) Acquired by the present owner at the above sale
Among the Taos Society of Artists, Eanger Irving Couse achieved the most distinguished recognition during his lifetime. Of his celebrated depictions of Native Americans, art historian Nicholas Woloshuk commented: "His in-born genius in art, his intensive study of the art of the European masterpieces which hung in museums and galleries, and his tutelage of [William-Adolphe]Bouguereau, [Tony] Robert-Fleury, and [Gabriel] Ferrier resulted with Couse's paintings ranking with those of the masters of his time. Most of his paintings were spontaneously executed with bold confident strokes of the brush. Some were almost impressionist and near perfection in color and coordination. His technique was genuinely masterful" (E. Irving Couse: 1866-1936, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1976, p. I).
The canvas is unlined and there appears to be frame abrasion at the extreme edges. Stretcher bar marks are faintly visible at left and right edges. Under UV: there is no apparent inpainting. Although some pigments fluoresce, they appear to be the artist's original work. 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.