A scarce work, black ink/wash on paper, the abstract painting by Spanish born artist EUGENIO DE BERNARD-KURAKIN (1918-). Measuring 18" by 24" (23 1/2" by 29" framed), the work appears unsigned, but affixed to the backing is a 1995 sheet signed by an Anne Kurakin of Santa Fe, New Mexico, stating the work is by "Gesha" Kurakin, a.k.a. Eugene de Bernard-Kurakin, "who resided in Santa Fe in the late forties and together with noted painter Hilaire Hiler established an art school". Kurakin, she states, also formed an art cooperative gallery on Canyon Road which was the first gallery on that now-famous gallery row. Kurakin is not widely known today. It appears from internet sources that he exhibited in San Francisco at the Gallery Six with the likes of Wally Hedrick, Jay DeFeo, and Joan Brown, and in New York City at March Gallery in the late 1950's alongside people like Lester Johnson, Mark Di Suvero, and Elaine de Kooning. This handsome work could be said to resemble the Abstract Expressionist paintings of Franz Kline.
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