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1906 - 1965


enamel on canvas 

Canvas: 31¾ by 50⅝ in. (80.6 by 128.5 cm.)

Framed: 34½ by 52¼ in. (87.6 by 132.7 cm.)

Executed in 1964.

This work is in very good condition overall. There is scattered stray media throughout the composition.There is very slight discoloration, consistent with the age of the work. There is minor wear to the edges and corners, visible upon close inspection. There is scattered stable cracking to some areas of white pigment, visible upon close inspection and under raking light. Under ultraviolet light, there is no evidence of restoration. Framed.

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Gagosian Gallery, New York

Acquired from the above by the present owner in September 2000 

Gagosian Gallery, New York and London, David Smith: The Last Nudes, September 2000 – March 2001, p. 23, illustrated in color (exhbition catalogue)

“It was the soar of the human figure that held him, the uncompromising thrust it makes, the fight it carries on with the force of gravity... If this is geometry here, it is geometry that writhes and squirms.”

- Clement Greenberg, The Collected Essays and Criticism, vol. IV, Chicago 1993, pp. 227-98, as quoted in Alex Potts, “Personnages: Imperfect and Persistent”, David Smith: Personage, p. 7