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EUGENE BERMAN. Mexican scene at cupola. Watercolor, ink, and pastel on board. 425x352 mm; 16 3/4x14 inches. Initialed and dated `49 in lower image; initialed again on verso within his customary sun symbol, dated 1949, and brief description of the piece (obscured by surface scuffing to board). Edges hinged to matte and framed.
In 1949, the year of this work's creation, Berman married film actress Ona Munson, best known for her portrayal of Belle Watling in Gone With the Wind. The same year, the couple traveled to Mexico together on a Guggenheim fellowship he received. Berman's works from this period, as evidenced in this composition, drew inspiration from the Southwest while maintaining the visual continuity of Greco-Roman ruins.
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