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Cornelis Spoor Oil Painting Portrait of European Noble Woman, Circa 1920

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Cornelis Spoor (Dutch, 1867 – 1928)
Untitled (portrait of seated European upper-class young woman in fur-lined gown), circa 1920
Oil on canvas
Signed to lower right

Cornelis Spoor was born in the Netherlands in 1867. Spoor was a painter and draftsman and pursued art at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Under the tutelage of artists like August Allebé, who were promoters of modernism, Spoor became part of an early generation of modernists. At the Rijksakademie, Spoor befriended fellow student, Piet Mondrian. The 1994 MoMA exhibition catalog Piet Mondrian, 1872–1944, crowns Spoor the “unofficial leader of a colony of avant-garde artists” who introduced Mondrian to neo-impressionism. Though Spoor’s art never turned towards pure abstraction or De Stijl, the neo-impressionist technique of color optics would serve as a first step towards the successive movement’s explorations of color and form.

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  • Please note, this frame is highly fragile. Some restoration should be expected. Please consider this before bidding.


- canvas likely wax-lined; dimpling and air bubbles visible throughout; craquelure; slight yellowing to pigments; several small areas of paint loss with inpainting and overpainting; scattered patches of overpainting throughout, mostly to backdrop but also throughout sitter’s figure including neck, arms, and gown; discolored frame finish; cracking and loss to frame; some restoration to frame.


53.5" W x 64.0" H x 2.5" D

- measures frame; sight measures 46.5" W x 57" H.

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