An accomplished and beautiful early twentieth century pastel portrait of a young girl in a bonnet, presently with an oval shaped mat, the opening measuring 18 1/2" by 13 1/4" (and 29" by 24 1/2" in newer frame), signed at lower center by noted German-Jewish artist EUGEN SPIRO (1874-1972). The girl is very sweet and the handling very sure and expert. Spiro was born in Breslau in Silesia, where he studied as a youth. He then studied in Munich at the Academy of Fine Arts, a pupil of Franz von Stuck. An 1897 scholarship enabled him to study in Italy and travel around Europe. Spiro was in Berlin by 1904. In subsequent years he became known for his wide range of subject matter in a number of different media. Portraits, especially portraits of the socially prominent/wealthy and famous, became an apparent specialty. Thomas Mann and Albert Einstein portraits by his hand are known. Spiro spent considerable time in the United States, passing away in the 1970's in New York in his late nineties. A member of the Salmagundi Club, he painted in Woodstock. Today his papers at held at the University of Albany. Artist Baladine Klossowska was a sister; the famous artist Balthus, a nephew. A number of Spiro's oil paintings have exceeded $30,000 at auction.
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