This is a great example of artwork's ability to provoke strong opinions; or, as many say "You love it or you hate it!" At least it is not possible to see this on the wall and not have a response. I happen to really like it, and obviously Ms. Charisse certainly liked it, since it hung in her home until her death. I purchased it from her estate. I love the deliberate exaggerations that the artist used to convey Ms. Charisse's intensity. Having read a bit about Ms. Charisse, I feel she is a role model for almost anyone. She became one of the most famous and talented dancers of the 20th Century, having overcome polio as a child!
Medium: Oil on canvas. (It is difficult to photograph this without glare from the camera. There are no faded areas. of faded
Size: 49 by 38 inches, overall.
Signed: Lower right "M. Herrera." I am not sure which Herrera painted this. There are several, one of which has had the painting "Reclining Woman" sold at Sothebys in 1981 for $3100. There is also another talented artist, female, named M. Herrera. I will continue to search, but in the meantime I will enjoy this inspirational painting.
Condition: Very Good.
PROVENANCE From the Estate of Cyd Charisse.
All of memorabilia items from celebrities. such as Phyllis Diller, Larry Hagman, Robert Goulet, Cyd Charisse, Greta Garbo, Mary Pickford, John F. Kennedy, Jackie Kennedy, and the many others we are presenting, are accompanied by my Certificate, and copy of catalog cover, if available.