Russian, 1898-1957

Portrait of Jane Heap

signed P. Tchelitchew, titled Jane Heap, verso; inscribed No. 20 Jane Heap on matting
sheet: 22 x 17 1/2 in., frame: 37 1/2 x 19 1/2 in.

  • Provenance: Provenance: Purchased in 1986 as a 50th birthday present for a Little Rock, Arkansas Lady. The Lady was a long-time board member of the Arkansas Arts Center and she and her husband were close friends with AAC director Townsend Wolfe. Wolfe, who made works on paper a primary focus of the AAC, advised the Lady and her husband as they built their collection. He traveled to New York several times a year on buying trips for both the museum and for his friends, and it is likely that this painting was purchased by Wolfe on behalf of the Lady and her husband on one of these trips.

    Other Notes: Jane Heap (1883-1964), an American publisher and editor of The Little Review, played an integral role in the development and promotion of literary modernism. Heap was a member of Leo and Gertrude Stein's inner circle, as well as many other forward-thinking groups and organizations.
  • Dimensions: sheet: 22 x 17 1/2 in., frame: 37 1/2 x 19 1/2 in.
  • Medium: watercolor
  • Condition: Paper is very thin. Wear (with creases) to paper at corners, most pronounced in lower right and upper left corners. Work is floated in paper corners - not affixed.

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