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 and athletic flexibility. 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.

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 through Juliens of Beverly Hills, California.

***Please note that the physical colors of this item may vary from the pictures in the listing, given the quality of the camera and the lighting.


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ITEM ID
Cyd Charisse - O/C
GENRE
American Folk Art and Outsider Art, American Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture, Impressionist and Modern Art
MEDIA
Canvas, Oil Paint
STYLE
American Expressionism, American Impressionism, American Impressionist, American Modern, Expressionism, Expressionist, Impressionism, Impressionist, Portrait
WIDTH
38" (97 cm)
HEIGHT
49" (124 cm)
ORIGIN
United States • American
ITEM TYPE
Vintage

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