oil on board
24 by 39.6 cm., 9½ by 15?in.
Painted circa 1941-42.
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signed C. Soutine (upper right)
Framed: 33.6 by 47.6 cm., 13¼ by 18¾in. The board is sound and ever so slightly bowed. Inspection under UV light reveals a milky varnish through which UV light cannot fully penetrate, however, there are several areas of fluorescence which may correspond to historic retouchings. There is a fine split to the board to the left edge (approx. 8cm) with some associated retouching. There is a pinprick sized hole beneath the belly of the bull. There is some paint shrinkage in places. There are some minor losses and nicks to the board along all four edges corresponding to frame abrasion and historic wear. There are some tiny surface accretions and surface dirt in places. This work is in overall good condition.
Pierre Courthion, Soutine. Peintre du déchirant, Lausanne, 1972, p. 287, illustrated fig. D
Collection Mme. Zborowska Maurice Lafaille, Paris Chozo Yoshii, Tokyo Sale: Sotheby's Mitsukoshi, Toyko, 3rd October 1969, lot 384 Gallery Asada, Nagoya (sold: Sotheby's, London, 1st July 1998, lot 285) Purchased at the above sale by the present owner