DescriptionHUGO ROBUS (American, 1885-1964)
Bathers (Compositions of Nudes), 1917
Oil on canvas
16-1/8 x 16-1/8 inches (41.0 x 41.0 cm)
Signed and dated lower right: H. Robus / 1917
PROPERTY FROM THE KING COLLECTION, TEXAS
Sale: Kaminski Fine Art Auctions, Beverly, Massachusetts, April 30, 2006;
Acquired by the present owner from the above.
El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas, "Modern American Painting 1907-1936: The Maria and Barry King Collection," September 8, 2013-January 5, 2014, no. 42.
P.S. Cable, Modern American Painting 1907-1936: The Maria and Barry King Collection, exhibition catalogue, El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas, 2013, pp. 110-12, no. 42, illustrated.
Executed in 1917, while sharing a studio with fellow Modernist William Zorach in New York, Bathers (Composition of Nudes) represents a watershed moment in the artist's career when he transitioned from a painter of the human form, to a sculptor.
For additional information on Hugo Robus, please refer to the description of lot 68019.
Estimate: $8,000 - $12,000.
Wax-lined canvas; minor frame wear; light craquelure, particularly in the left half of the composition, mostly visible under raking light; stable surface; under UV exam, there appears to be minor inpainting along the extreme edges, scattered spots of crack-fill inpainting, an approx. 1-1/4 x 3 inch spot along the far left figure's left arm, head and back, minor inpainting in the purple stripe along the middle figure's right side, and multiple spots in kneeling figure's right arm, torso and on/around both legs. This painting is framed using Optium (museum acrylic glazing), which provides clear legibility for examination with both white light and black light. In order to maintain the integrity and airtight sealing of the housing, the painting was not viewed out of the frame for the condition report. Should you wish to have a more extensive report, we recommend firsthand inspection by a professional conservator. For assistance, please contact the department. Framed Dimensions 22.25 X 22.25 Inches
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