4th Oct, 2022 10:00

Modern and Contemporary Art

Lot 74


Vittorio Borriello (Italian-American, 1896-1974)

Vittorio Borriello (Italian-American, 1896-1974)
A young woman in a black hat, in profile
signed and dated 'Boriello 1919' l.c., also signed and dated on label verso, oil on panel
35 x 21.5cm

Provenance: The Estate of Sir Jack and Lady Baer.

Borriello was born in Naples but moved to New York, living there until his death in 1974. The artist's ability to capture a profile with such intensity is highly skilled. Our eyes are focused on the smooth arc of the hat, executed in darkest black, its flair is in the elegant and sharp line it weaves around the sitter's head, which accentuates her fine jawline and elongated neck. The hat throws shade over the sitter's eyes creating a certain intrigue and mystery in relation to her identity. Keeping to a simple palette, Borriello creates depth and texture through a confident understanding of the paint. He finely works the flesh tones on the sitter's face and neck, while contrasting this against a much freer use of brushwork on the dress and background.

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The Joy of a Lifetime: The Estate of Sir Jack and Lady Baer

Works of Art from the collection of Sir Jack and Lady Baer, featured in our 4 October Modern and Contemporary Art sale.

Sold for £6,500

Condition Report

Framed size: 53 x 39.5cm.

Probably covered with a discoloured varnish which may therefore brighten on cleaning, a thin crack to paint across cheek that is visible to reverse of panel, please see images, under uv light no obvious signs of retouching.



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Auction: Modern and Contemporary Art, 4th Oct, 2022



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