Jack Levine (b. 1915)
Property from the Estate of Anton Meisner
Jack Levine (b. 1915)

Lady with Opera Glasses

Jack Levine (b. 1915)
Lady with Opera Glasses
signed with initials conjoined 'JLevine' (lower left)
oil on canvas
14 x 12 in. (35.6 x 30.5 cm.)
The Alan Gallery, New York.
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert A. Goldstone, New York.
ACA Galleries, New York.
J. Levine, Jack Levine, New York, 1989, p. 89, illustrated
New York, Alan Gallery, Jack Levine, 1959-1960, no. 9
Pittsfield, Massachusetts,
The Berkshire Museum, Paintings by Jack Levine, 1963, no. 3
Ogunquit, Maine, Museum of Art of Ogunquit, Paintings by Jack Levine, 1964, no. 23
Brooklyn, New York, The Brooklyn Museum, The Herbert A. Goldstone Collection of American Art, June-September 1965, p. 62, no. 57, illustrated
Lincoln, Massachusetts, De Cordova Museum, Jack Levine, February-March 1968

Lot Essay

Executed in 1959.

The artist writes: "Degas was fascinated by women with opera glasses, so I couldn't have painted this without thinking of him. I'm particularly happy with the formal composition of Lady with Opera Glasses, which is an essay in rounds and half-rounds; the lady's round face and round bodice, and her semi-circular hat, cut off by the top edge of the canvas; and the oculus at the left and the dome's curving base at the right. This sense of roundness comes across in depth as well as on the surface. And I achieved an arabesque of lights and darks in the process, which gives it both good design and a dramatic effect." (Jack Levine, New York, 1989, p. 89)

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