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    William Sommer (American, 1867-1949)
    Psyche and Moonlight Sonata study (two works, one double-sided), circa 1916

    Psyche
    (double-sided) Oil on board (recto); Charcoal on board (verso)
    21 x 12-1/2 inches (53.3 x 31.8 cm)
    Estate stamp lower right: Wm Sommer

    Moonlight Sonata study
    Watercolor on paper laid on board
    7-7/8 x 5-1/2 inches (20.0 x 14.0 cm) (sheet)
    Titled lower right: Moonlight Sonata


    The Wainwright Collection of American Modernism

    PROVENANCE:
    The artist;
    Estate of the artist:
    Joseph M. Erdelac, Lakewood, Ohio;
    Collection of Constance Erdelac, Cleveland, Ohio;
    The Wainwright Collection, Fort Myers, Florida, acquired from the above.

    EXHIBITED:
    The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, "Transformations in Cleveland Art, 1746-1946: Community and Diversity in Early Modern America," May 19-July 21, 1996 (on loan from the Joseph M. Erdelac Collection).

    LITERATURE:
    W.H. Robinson, et al, Transformations in Cleveland Art, 1746-1946: Community and Diversity in Early Modern America, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio, 1996, pp. 81-82, 250, fig. 77, no. 187, illustrated.


    Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000.

    Condition Report*: Psyche: Framed under glass. Pinholes along the edges. 1x1 1/2 inch areas of loss along the extreme center left edge and mild losses the the extreme corners. 1/2 inch spot of water damage in the top left quadrant. Moderate toning. Vestiges of old adhesive verso. Board is slightly concave.
    Moonlight Sonata: Framed under acrylic. Scattered foxing. 1/4 inch tear on the right edge. Several hard creases on the right side noticeable in natural light.
    Framed Dimensions 29 X 20.5 Inches
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