The Sleep of Reason Part II: A Private Collection of Surrealist Art Online
EUGENE BERMAN | MERRY CHRISTMAS 1940
Estimate: 1,000 - 2,000 USD
EUGENE BERMAN (1899 - 1972)
MERRY CHRISTMAS 1940
Signed with the initials EB and dated 1940 (lower center); inscribed Merry Christmas (upper center)
Watercolor, brush and ink and ink wash on paper
9¼ by 6 in. (23.5 by 15.2 cm)
Framed: 14 by 11½ in. (35.6 by 29.2 cm)
Executed in 1940.
We extend sincere thanks to Peter Sherwin for his kind assistance in authenticating the present work from photographs.
Executed on cream wove paper. The sheet is mounted at six places along the edges of its verso. There is one vertical and one horizontal crease running through the center of the sheet. There are artist pinholes in all four corners. There is some slight undulation toward the edges, likely due to the artist's working method. The work is in overall very good condition.
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Gallery of Surrealism, New York
Acquired from the above in May 2002