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Paul Lucien Dessau

Self-Portrait

Sold by the Art Institute of Chicago

Paul Lucien Dessau

Paul Lucien Dessau

Self-Portrait

Self-Portrait

Sold by the Art Institute of Chicago

Paul Lucien Dessau

1909-1999

Self-Portrait


signed Paul Dessau and dated '40 (lower left); inscribed The Tired Fireman — After Surrey Dock September 1940 (upper left)

oil on canvas

unframed: 61 by 48.5cm.; 24 by 19in.

framed: 76.5 by 64cm.; 30 by 25in.

Executed in 1940.

This work is in very good condition. The canvas is unlined.

 

Minor frame abrasion along all four edges. The surface is slightly dirty. Minor accretions along the upper register. One pin dot sized loss to the canvas in the upper right quadrant. Small push and spot of lifting to the blue lower right. Small specks of staining to the background.

 

Under UV light: no inpainting is apparent.

 

Held in a stained wood frame.


The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

The English Speaking Union, by whom gifted to the Art Institute of Chicago in 1942
'London's Firemen Artists,' Magazine of Art, Vol. 34, London, August - September 1941, illustrated p. 369
Paintings in the Art Institute of Chicago: A Catalogue of the Picture Collection, Art Institute of Chicago, 1961, p. 126
A. James Speyer and Courtney Graham Donnell, Twentieth-Century European Paintings, Chicago, 1980, no. 3E5, p. 65
London, Central School of Arts and Crafts, The Fireman Artists of London: An Exhibition of Pictures (details untraced)
Washington, D.C., National Gallery of Art, 18 July - 10 August 1941, no. 25 (as The Great Fire of London, 1940)
Ottawa, Canadian War Museum, Autumn 1941
New York, Museum of the City of New York, The Firefighters of London in Action, 11 November - 8 December 1941, no. 25, illustrated in the catalogue