14 May 1999
Marino Marini (1901-1980)
"Gertrude", il piccolo cavallo
signed with initials 'MM' (on the base)
bronze with brown patina
Height: 15 in. (39.4 cm.)
Width: 12 in. (31.7 cm.)
Depth: 8 in. (20.3 cm.)
Conceived in 1952 and cast at a later date
Curt Valentin Gallery, New York.
Gertrude Bernoudy, St. Louis.
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H. Read, P. Waldberg and G. di San Lazzaro, Marino Marini: Complete Works, New York, 1970, p. 367, no. 292 (another cast illustrated, p. 215).
New York, Curt Valentin Gallery, Marino Marini, October-November 1953, no. 53.
Curt Valentin introduced himself to Marini in 1948 after seeing the artist's work in the first exhibition of Italian art in the Museum of Modern Art, New York. In February 1950, Valentin gave the artist his first one-man exhibition in America at his Buchholz Gallery. During his stay in New York Marini became acquainted with many American and European artists. "This American sojourn corresponds to a period when his forms become freer. The 'Riders' lost their static character: a dynamism, a new vitality appeared." (H. Read et al., op. cit., p. 8).
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