27 September 2004
George Bellows (1882-1925)
Nude Study, Classic on a Couch
signed 'Geo Bellows' (lower right)
charcoal on paper
10 x 12½ in. (25.4 x 31.8 cm.) (sheet)
Executed in 1924. (2)
Mr. Delmer Daves, 1936.
With Tone Price: Rare Books, Los Angeles, California.
By descent to the present owner.
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A signed lithograph by the same title (Mason no. 170) accompanies this lot.
This drawing will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's work being compiled by Glenn C. Peck in cooperation with the artist's daughter.
Please note that forthcoming catalogue raisonné of Bellows' work will not include drawings by the artist. The present work has, however, been confirmed authentic.
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