Private Collection Gift of the above to the present owner in 1984
Westchester County, Neuberger Museum of Art, 'Grace Hartigan', September 2001 - January 2002
Robert Saltonstall Mattison, 'Grace Hartigan: A Painter's World', New York, 1990, pl. 63, pp. 116-117, illustrated in color
From the collection of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, 'Theodora' is a large-scale example of the artist's exploration of the figure within abstracted space. In addition to inspiration from her Abstract Expressionist peers, Hartigan also drew inspiration from Old Masters, including El Greco and Jean-Baptiste Greuze. Hartigan shared her vast knowledge with the students of the Hoffberger Graduate School of Painting, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, where she worked from 1965 until her death in 2008.
This work is in very good condition overall. The turning edges are covered with a cotton ribbon, stapled intermittently to the stretcher. There is very fine, hairline cracking to the pigment along the turning edges, visible upon close inspection. Under Ultraviolet light inspection there is no evidence of restoration. Framed. The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the condition report is a statement of opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's. For that reason, Sotheby's condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot.