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Original oil painting on canvas by Emil Kelemen (Hungary-USA, 1895-1975), signed l.l. dated 1961 on the verso. Also signed "Emil Kelemen" and inscribed "To Tullah and Ed" on the verso. 27" by 23 1/4", canvas alone, 36" by 32" in its period frame. This we believe is an important painting by a noted Hungarian-American artist. It was formerly part of the permanent collection of the Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco (M.H. de Young Memorial Museum) (Former de Young accession number: 69.30.107). This painting still bears a number of labels and inscriptions including: a label on the stretcher reading: "72.66.290 Hanley Gallery of Modern Art"--Tullah and T. Edward (Ed) Hanley, to whom this painting is dedicated (she gifted it to the de Young in 1969) were important art collectors; another label reading: "M.H. de Young Memorial Museum/ Self-Portrait. Emil Kelemen/69.30.107 Hanley Gift"; together with various other more arcane inscriptions. In excellent original condition.
T. Edward Hanley favored self-portraits in his collecting: he once owned self-portraits by Courbet and Manet, both of which were also donated by Tullah Hanley to the De Young Memorial Museum in 1969 after Edward's death.
Tullah and T. Edward Hanley (Bradford, PA)
M. H. de Young Memorial Museum (Dr. T. Edward and Tullah Hanley Memorial gift, 1969)
Probably de-accessioned by Achenbach Foundation for the Graphic Arts.
This painting is listed in the SIRIS (Smithsonian Institution Research Information System) database.