Robert Philipp (American, 1895-1981), "Pensive Girl," oil on canvas. Mr. Phillipp has distinguished himself with portraits of girls and women who are thoughtful and some degree of daydreaming. They are sensitive, romantic and impressionistic He seems to have an intense connection to his subject which enhances the artwork. Personally, I think this surpasses his prior works, such as a similar work called "Pensive Mood," a smaller one (10" by 8") which sold at Christies in 2008 for $2000.00. Another Phillipp was sold at Christies in 2009 for $2500.00. In 2013, another of his female portraits was sold at Skinner for slightly over $2000.00. As I have stressed so many times, all art should be purchased because it appeals to you and you enjoy it. In my humble opinion (and obviously that of the Baroness from whose estate we purchased this) this is superior to the other works. As for "investment" - since art has been selling for far less the last eight years than what it sold for when the economy was good, it may have excellent upward potential.
Size: 20" by 16".
Signed: Upper Right.
Condition: Very Good Vintage Condition.
Provenance: from the estate of Baroness Mary McFall de Gunzburg of New York City, New York and Miami Beach, Florida. To include receipt from Ross L. Peacock Gallery, Madison Avenue, New York City, New York, October 24, 1978.
More About The Artist:
Robert Philipp was born in New York City, and began to draw at the age of three. He later studied art in Paris and at the Art Students League with Frank Vincent DuMond and George Bridgman from 1910 to 1914. He also studied at the National Academy of Design from 1914 to 1917.
Mr. Philipp taught at the High Museum of Art in 1946, the University of Illinois in 1940, the Art Students League from 1948 to 1973 and the National Academy of Design from 1950 to 1975. He was a member of the Lotus Club, a full member of the National Academy of Design and the Royal Society of Art, London.
Philipp's works are in very notable collections, including that of J. Paul Getty. His paintings can be found in the the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Columbus Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of Art, and the High Museum, Atlanta, Georgia.
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