The Sleep of Reason: A Private Collection of Surrealist Art Online
EUGENE BERMAN | LA TORRE DE SAN CRISTÓBAL (THE TOWER OF ST. CHRISTOPHER)
Estimate: 15,000 - 20,000 USD
EUGENE BERMAN (1899 - 1972)
LA TORRE DE SAN CRISTÓBAL (THE TOWER OF ST. CHRISTOPHER)
Signed with artist's monogram and dated 1948 (toward upper right); signed with the artist's monogram, dated Los Angeles Oct.-Nov. Dec.1948., inscribed (Saint Christopher.) and titled (on the reverse)
Oil on canvas
40 by 31½ in. (101.6 by 80 cm)
Framed: 48½ by 41 in. (123.1 by 104 cm)
Painted in Los Angeles in October-December 1948.
We extend sincere thanks to Peter Sherwin for his kind assistance in authenticating the present work from photographs.
This work is in good condition. The canvas has not been lined. There is thin stable craquleure throughout the composition, which does not detract from its overall appearance. The canvas is slightly dirty and there are a few accretions to the surface. One pinhead size loss at upper left corner. Under UV light: no apparent signs of inpainting is apparent but a varnish makes the surface difficult to read through.
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Gallery of Surrealism, New York
Acquired from the above on September 25, 2003
Washington, D.C., Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Twenty-First Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Oil Paintings, 1949, no. 11
Eugene Berman is best known for his imaginary landscapes dominated by ruins of Greco-Roman architecture. Born in Russia, the Berman family fled to Paris during the Bolshevik Revolution. In Paris, Berman studied under the two great Nabis painters—Édouard Vuillard and Maurice Denis—and met Emilio Terry, a French architect with whom he first travelled to Italy. During his subsequent frequent trips to Italy, he was inspired by Renaissance paintings and architecture, which became a key motif in his work. After moving to the United States in 1935, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and gained the opportunity to explore the desert landscape of the Southwest. Berman combined the depictions of this vast desert with his signature elements of Neo-Romanticism.