The Sleep of Reason Part II: A Private Collection of Surrealist Art Online
EUGENE BERMAN | STUDY FOR "JULIEN LEVY MONOGRAPH"
Estimate: 300 - 400 USD
EUGENE BERMAN (1899 - 1972)
STUDY FOR "JULIEN LEVY MONOGRAPH"
Signed with the initials E.B and dated 1945 (lower center)
Pen and ink on paper
10¾ by 8¼ in. (27.3 by 21 cm)
Framed: 16 by 13½ in. (40.6 by 34.3 cm)
Executed in 1945.
We extend sincere thanks to Peter Sherwin for his kind assistance in authenticating the present work from photographs.
Executed on cream laid paper. The sheet is mounted with photo corners at all four corners. The top and left edges are deckled. The sheet is unevenly time struck. A few streaks of ink are present on the verso of the sheet which are faintly visible on the recto. This is likely inherent to the artist's process. There are minor scattered stains throughout the sheet, in addition to a larger, one inch stain to the lower right edge of the sheet. Toward the lower left corner of the sheet there is a 1/2 inch tear. A second 1/2 inch tear is present toward the center of the bottom edge. There is a crease extending across the lower right corner, in addition to scattered minor handling creases to the extreme edges. This work is in good condition.
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Julien Levy, New York
Jean Levy, New York (by descent from the above and sold by the estate: Tajan, Paris, April 21, 2005, lot 345)
Gallery of Surrealism, New York
Acquired from the above in June 2005
Julien Levy, Eugene Berman, New York, 1946, n.n., mentioned p. 3
Berman used the motif of woman seen from behind with her elbows resting on a table for a number of major oil paintings in the early 1940s including Solitude, painted in 1941 (see image 5).