Philip Perkins (Tennessee, 1907-1970) oil on canvas painting, bust length portrait of a seated man wearing a brown suit and sweater vest against a grey background. Signed "Perkins" top right. Paul Foinet Fils, Paris, France ink stamp en verso of canvas. Housed in a carved giltwood Rococo style frame with pierced corners. Sight – 31 1/4" H x 25 1/4" W. Framed – 39 1/2" H x 33 1/2" W. Provenance: the estate of Kent Cathcart, Nashville, Tennessee. Note: this lot is accompanied by a June 25, 1954, copy of a letter from the artist Philip Perkins bequeathing this painting (along with several others) to his longtime friend, Kent Cathcart. Biography: Philip Perkins received critical acclaim for his geometric, cubist influenced work of the 1940s and his abstract expressionism in the 1950s. He was born in Waverly, Tennessee and studied at Vanderbilt University and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1932 he moved to Paris, France, where he studied under Jean Marchaud, Louis Marcoussis, and Fernand Leger. In 1934 he exhibited at the Salon D'Automne and the Salon de Tuileries. In 1940 he moved to New York City and in 1947 participated in the International Surrealist Exhibition. He spent seven years teaching art at the University of Tennessee in Nashville (1948-1955) but went back to Europe for several more years before returning to Nashville in 1961. CONDITION: Two areas of repair and inpainting, largest 4 1/2" x 3 1/2", largest repair visible middle left en verso. Areas of paint loss, largest 1 1/2", primarily to top edge of canvas. Faint stretcher marks to perimeter of canvas. Evidence of dampstaining, en verso of canvas. Natural age related shrinkage to frame, largest 15 1/2".
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