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Leon KARP (American, 1903-1951)
Yellow Settee (1948)
Oil on canvas, 53¼ x 36¼ in. (135.3 x 92.0 cm), signed “Leon Karp” (lower right), in a
substantial painted Louis XVI-style frame, overall 65 x 48 x 6 in.

In overall fine condition, on unlined canvas with minor surface soiling and unobtrusive craquelure.

In 1945 Karp "… modified the skylight of his studio and was shocked by the new intensity of light that streamed in" (David Karp, "The Golden Slippers and the City of Dreams," exhibition catalogue, Woodmere Art Museum, 2003, p. 8). Karp may have positioned this composition directly under the fall of light from the skylight; an avid gardener, he may have taken the flowers from his own garden.

Provenance:
Montclair Art Museum, acquired 1948 on the Blanche R. Pleasants Fund, deaccessioned 2009.

Exhibited:
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Oil Annual, January, 1948.
Toledo Museum of Fine Art, Toledo, Ohio, 35th Annual Exhibition, June, 1948.
Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, New Jersey, Late Contemporary Painting, December, 1948.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, in association with The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Leon Karp Memorial Exhibition, May-June, 1952 (no. 28, ill.).
Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, Leon Karp, The Golden Slippers and the City of Dreams, March 30 - June 29, 2003.

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