A simple yet elegant sepia brown ink portrait drawing of a woman, on paper laid on card, measuring 9" by 6 1/4", unframed, signed at lower center and dated 1921. The work is signed nearby by important Mexican artist ANGEL ZARRAGA (1886-1946), and is inscribed "Bonne annee a Madame Maria Steiner et aux sieus". On reverse is written in later, American hand, "Portrait of Marie Steiner Lintott by Angel Zarraga Paris 1921". Zarraga was an important Mexican modernist, works of whom have exceeded $700,000 at auction in New York (and many have brought over $100,000). Born in Mexico near Durango, he was exposed while young to the Mexico City art and intellectual scene, studying while there at the Escuela de Bellas Artes. By 1904 he was already in Europe, where only two years later, his works were exhibited at the Prado in Spain. By 1909 his works were shown at the Bienale in Venice. In 1911 Zarraga moved to Paris, and only returned to Mexico one time after that, in the 1940's before his death. Zarraga painted murals and easel paintings. Many of his works have a modernist or cubist influence, as seen in this example. As the drawing is so delicate, it doesn't photograph all that well, so in some images I have increased the contrast to make it more visible. The paper was apparently folded long ago before having been laid on the card for preservation. These folds show in the photos as distinct lines. Also there is some browning where the drawing was inside of a shaped mat now long gone.
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