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David Burliuk (1882-1967)
David Burliuk (1882-1967)
David Burliuk (1882-1967)
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DAVID BURLIUK (1882-1967)

Flowers and fruit

DAVID BURLIUK (1882-1967)
Flowers and fruit
signed and dated 'Burliuk 1951.' (lower left)
oil on canvas
25 x 18 in. (63.5 x 45.7 cm.)
with ACA Galleries, New York.
Alfredo Valente (1899-1973).
Probably, Acquired from the above by the father of the present owner, circa 1970.
Exhibition catalogue, David Burliuk (1882-1967): Selections From Various Periods, New York, 1967, no. 42, listed p. 11.
New York, ACA Galleries, David Burliuk (1882-1967): Selections From Various Periods, 31 October-18 November, 1967, no. 42 (partial label on the reverse).
Probably, New York, The Gallery of Modern Art, 37 American Artists (Alfredo Valente collection), February-16 March 1969 (partial label on the reverse).
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Lot Essay

An esteemed photographer, Alfredo Valente (1899-1973) chronicled Broadway and remains best-known for his dramatic portraits of some the most famous ballet stars of the time, including Vera Zorina (1917-2003), Igor Youskevitch (1912-1994), Alicia Markova (1910-2004), André Eglevsky (1917-1977) and Hugh Laing (1911-1988). With close ties to the artistic community in New York, Valente naturally developed his interest in American painting, eventually accumulating a significant collection of artists including Raphael Soyer (1899-1987), Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889-1953) and Ben Shahn (1898-1969) and opening his eponymous gallery at 119 W. 57th Street in Manhattan. The Alfredo Valente papers, 1941-1978, held at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art, include a photographic portrait of David Burliuk taken by Valente and dated ca. 1950, suggesting that the two may have been acquainted when the present lot, dated 1951, was painted.

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