Raimonds Staprans

b. 1926

"A Study of Down-Rolling Oranges with a Staid Neon Apple," 1995

Oil on canvas
Signed and dated lower right: Staprans; titled verso
42" H x 46.75" H

  • Provenance: Mendenhall Gallery, Pasadena, CA
    Private Collector, Pasadena, CA, acquired from the above, 1996
  • Notes: This lot is sold together with a copy of the 1996 sales invoice from Mendenhall Gallery and a variety of Staprans exhibition flyers for solo shows hosted by this gallery.

    Raimond Staprans, born in Latvia in 1926, immigrated to the United States in 1947. He studied art at the University of Washington under Alexander Archipenko and Mark Tobey before moving to the San Francisco Bay Area to study at the University of California, Berkeley. His
    professors, Hans Hofmann and Karl Karsten, proved influential to the young artist's working methods which helped Staprans become an iconic figure in the Bay Area painting movement.

    Painted in 1995, "A Study of Down-Rolling Oranges with a Staid Neon Apple" exemplifies Staprans's mastery of the still life genre. Oranges often appear in the artist's work, along with titles that personify them — in titles such as "Four Windswept Oversize Oranges" (2000) or "Some More Restless Oranges" (2005). The humble orange appears frequently enough in the artist's work that it could accurately be described as one of the artist's more recurring subjects.

    This painting, which was shown at the Mendenhall Gallery in Pasadena in 1996, was acquired by a private collector shortly after the exhibition closed. The work has not been exhibited at any times
    since that initial exhibition. It comes to market from the same private collector who originally acquired it.
  • Condition: Visual: Overall good condition. A 0.25" hairline reverse pressure mark along the right edge, at center. An area of fine and unobtrusive craquelure near the lower right corner, underneath the furthest orange, and underneath the orange left of center.

    Blacklight: No evidence of restoration.

    Frame: 43.625" H x 48.625" W x 2.375" D

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