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    DANIEL BENNETT SCHWARTZ (American, b.1929)
    Outside Florence, 1957
    Oil on canvas
    10 x 17 inches (25.4 x 43.2 cm)
    Signed twice lower right: D. Schwartz; dated lower right: 57

    THE JEAN AND GRAHAM DEVOE WILLIFORD CHARITABLE TRUST


    PROVENANCE:
    Davis Gallery, New York (label verso).

    Daniel Bennett Schwartz is a noted American illustrator and painter who was born in New York and raised in Queens. After high school he won scholarships to the Art Students League, where he studied briefly with Yasuo Kuniyoshi, and to the Rhode Island School of Design in 1946. At RISD the emphasis was on the new aesthetic of Modern Art, but Schwartz was less interested in Cezanne or the Cubists than in Manet and Toulouse-Lautrec. Drawing from nature was what liberated him.
    By 1952 Schwartz had saved enough money for a trip to Europe where, he says, he saw "the mind-blowing old art at the heart of Western culture that only strengthened my conservatism." In 1954 he joined the Davis Galleries to show his paintings with like-minded realists. Schwartz's first one-man show in 1955 received good reviews and in 1956 he won the first of two Louis Comfort Tiffany Painting Grants, enabling him to return to Europe and live in France for an extended period of time. This landscape near Florence was produced on that second study trip abroad.


    Condition Report*: Paint film in good stable condition. Under UV examination there appears to be restoration all over the top of the composition. The original signature is in gold paint in the lower right corner; above this, in pink paint, is an added signature (also possibly by Schwartz somewhat later) and date; the pink signature fluoresces under black light, but the gold one does not. Framed Dimensions 14.25 X 21.25 Inches
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    May, 2012
    15th Tuesday
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