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    Leon Kroll (American, 1884-1974)
    Odalisque
    Oil on canvas
    24 x 32 inches (61.0 x 81.3 cm)
    Signed lower right: Leon Kroll

    PROVENANCE:
    The artist;
    Acquired by the present owner from the above, circa 1972.

    In a letter dated February 6, 1972, a copy of which accompanies this lot, Leon Kroll described Odalisque to the purchaser, Mr. Austin F. Stephan:

    "In 1957, a young woman came to my door to apply for work as a model. She was sent to me by a young psychoanalist[sic] who was becoming well known. He liked my work; in fact, he bought two of my drawings. The young lady was handsome and had no objection to posing in the nude. Mrs. Kroll liked her, too. We discovered later that she had never posed in the nude or otherwise. She just liked what she had seen of my work.

    "I began by making two or three drawings, later working on the painting you acquired. It fascinated me to organize the areas and subdivided forms. I included the naturalistic shapes in harmony with the more abstract sub-divisions to obey aesthetic requirements. The human element also had some influence in the design."


    Condition Report*: Unlined canvas; cupping in bottom corners and minor surface grime; under UV light, there appears to be no inpaint. Framed Dimensions 33.5 X 41 Inches
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    Auction Dates
    May, 2018
    4th Friday
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