Gouache painting of a expressionistic figure, (the artist created images of Jesus in other works but I would hesitate to call this an image of the Savior), on tissue paper, sandwiched presently between two sheets of heavy glass, the painting itself 30" by 19 3/4", signed at lower right by important Mexican painter JESUS "CHUCHO" REYES FERREIRA (1882-1977). The artist is a major figure in the history of modern Mexican art. His works appear in important exhibitions and in the national museum alongside the works of much better known painters like Diego Rivera, Orozco, Siqueiros, etc.. An attractive hard cover book was published recently, describing his entire body of work, which included works of art not falling within the description of painting. See the net for much more information on the artist, the works of whom have been sold at Sotheby's auctions of Latin American art in New York. A painting by the artist owned by Katharine Hepburn sold for $8,500 in the Sotheby's auction of her estate. Reyes Ferreira's paintings are usually on tissue type paper, and this one is typical in that regard. The paper is very delicate and as a result many of Ferreira's works are in compromised condition. This one, however, protected between heavy sheets of glass, has aged well. Safe shipping would likely involve removing this from the glass and protecting it between boards for travel. See the net for much more on the artist. SEE HUNDREDS OF OTHER PAINTINGS, DRAWINGS AND PRINTS IN MY SHOP.
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