This tempera and gouache piece was done by Julio de Diego, a Spanish artist who came to the U.S. in the 1920's and became known for abstract mod figures and interior scenes. De Diego had a unique background. He painted studio scenes for the theater in Madrid and designed magazine covers and fashion illustrations after he came to the U.S. He painted street scenes, landscapes, and murals for the WPA, and at one time was married to the famous stripper Gypsy Rose Lee.
The piece is titled "HELENA and the World of Mirrors" and has a gallery label on the verso which reads "Center of Attention". Signed in the lower left. The overall size is 24 x 30 in. and the sight size is 17 1/2 x 23 1/2 in. Provenance: Frank Oehlshlaeger Galleries, Sarasota, Florida. Oehlschlager was an important part of the art scene in Sarasota from the 1960's until he retired in the late 90's.
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