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Jesús Rafael Soto

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Jesús Rafael Soto

Jesús Rafael Soto

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Jesús Rafael Soto

1923 - 2005

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signed Soto and dated 1950-51 (on the reverse) 

oil on canvas

25¼ by 31¾ in.

64.1 by 80.6 cm.

Executed between 1950-51. 

This work is in very good condition overall, taking its age into account. The canvas is unlined and well-stretched onto a new stretcher. The colors are vibrant, and the media layer is stable. Five tiny pinpoint spots of media loss are present in the upper right quadrant at the edge of a black curved element. Under raking light: a few very fine horizontal lines of craquelure become apparent in the white background color; these are stable. Under UV: along the outer edges of the composition, a few scattered minor spots of inpainting are present that seem to address previous instability in the white pigment. The largest of these include a 4-inch area of tiny spots in the lower left corner and a very fine 3-inch line at the center of the left edge. All of these areas are now stable. The work is ready to hang. Framed.

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Private Collection, Miami (acquired as a gift from the artist circa 1955) 
Thence by descent to the present owner