Irene Rice Pereira

American (1902-1971)

Untitled (Squares) (1944)

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oil and enamel on canvas
24 x 30 inches
signed lower right
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the estate of Jerome Lurie, labor attorney and law partner of Sidney E. Cohn
overall very good condition, the work has been lined professionally and the painting has been re-stretched onto a high quality wooden stretcher, the ground and paint film are also in fine shape, under UV examinations additions of retouch can be seen, the retouching is primarily in the outermost edges, a few scattered retouches are visible in the lower portion of the work a well as the upper left
Pereira is known for using textured bases, such as glass, sand, and casein; during the Great Depression, she helped found and then taught at the Federal Art Project Design Laboratory in New York, where she experimented with a variety of forms and materials. In 1937 she painted her first purely abstract works; she eventually became known for her abstract paintings made on superimposed layers of glass, the evidence of which is clear in ‘Untitled (Squares)’ as forms seem to float from the plane of the canvas and give the impression of existing in a space that transcends the limits of the plane.