Original oil portrait of his wife Marion.[No location: 1930s] Stock Code: 145262
A small but enchanting portrait by Cummings of the love of his life Marion Morehouse (1903-1969), who frequently modelled for his artworks, often nude though captured here with remarkable tenderness. They were together for 30 years, from their first meeting in 1932 (she was onstage) to his death 30 years later. Morehouse was a great beauty, and modelled also for photographers such as Steichen, Hoyningen-Huene, and Beaton.
An exhibition of Cummings's paintings was held in 1949 at the American British Art Center in New York - the poet wrote the programme for the exhibition which printed an imaginary interview with himself: "Tell me, doesn't your painting interfere with your writing? / Quite the contrary: they love each other dearly."
Though unsigned (as usual with his art), this piece derives from those left in Cummings's art studio after his death. His daughter gave the entire contents of her father's art studio to Luethi-Peterson Camps (founded 1948) for them to sell as fundraisers, with the sale originally handled by Gotham Book Mart. This example has the LPC number label to verso as a marker of that provenance.
Single sheet (162 x 118 mm), stiff card, oil portrait to recto, verso blank except for LPC sticker and number label.
Fine condition. Presented in a handmade gold leaf frame with museum acrylic glazing.
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