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Eileen
 
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PORTRAITURE #9
Eileen
Acrylic on canvas by R. Angelo Le
18"x24"
Acquired by Scott Wilson from trash in Boston

Remarkable in its simplicity, this passionate portrait of a girl with green eyes appeals to every emotion. Which passion was uppermost in the painter's heart? Knife stroke follows brush stroke. The hint of a second signature in the top right corner suggests a struggle. An infinitely interesting and sometimes disturbing neo-primitive portrait.

Additional Information
Although not apparent here, the painting has what appears to be a knife slash in the canvas -- adding an additional element of drama to an already powerful work.

For a number of years, the museum and public mourned the loss of this seminal masterpiece of the MOBA collection. A reward of $6.50 was offered for information leading to its recovery -- the top price ever paid for a work of art in the permanent collection.

Info about the theft » (MOBA News special edition)
More info about the theft » (MOBA News #26)
Info about the loss » (MOBA News #36)
More info about the loss » (MOBA News #39)


 

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