Thursday, January 21, 2010

"Closet Found" Original Patrick Nagel Canvas

Just as vintage Ferrari collectors dream of finding a 1963 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso tucked away in a forgotten barn, Nagel collectors fantasize about finding an original Nagel canvas that was pulled off of the wall years ago and stored in the closet. We're proud to show one of these "Closet Found" Nagel's. Measuring 52"x31", this original acrylic painting on canvas has been referenced with the title of "Lisa" bearing the name of the actual model. Painted in 1982, the same year as the famed painting for Duran Duran's chart topping album "Rio", this painting was originally showcased and sold by Galerie Michael in Los Angeles. Having been protected from the light of day for the past 20 years since 1990, this piece is in wonderful condition and is an exceptional example of Nagel's balance of color juxtaposed with the stark contrast of the figure.
The full frontal view of the face is a rare find among Nagel canvas paintings as many of them show a profile or angled view. The full frontal face became so desirable as images like "Texas" (image for Duran Duran Rio) & "Palm Springs Life" became the epitome for Nagel collectors with those striking squared off eyes.The painting is stretched with a wooden backer, which is a signature element for Nagel's original paintings on canvas, and is identified on the wooden stretchers as "N. 412 Sep 10th, 82 52by31"
"Lisa" Original Acrylic on Canvas by Patrick Nagel
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