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Homage to St. Theresa

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A tour de force of trompe l'oeil or "fool the eye" effects, the illusion of paper and string wrapped around a canvas in this painting showcases Bravo's exceptional skills as both a draughtsman and painter. Producing a number of "package paintings" during the 1960s, Bravo created this series at...

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Lower left: CLAUDIO BRAVO; lower right: MCMLXIX (Unable to check verso)


The artist; About 1969, to Melvin N. Blake and Frank M. Purnell, New York; gift of the estate of Melvin Blake to MFA, Boston, January 22, 2003 Provenance note: Melvin Blake and Frank Purnell purchased this painting directly from Bravo. Blake noted that he traveled to Bravo's studio in June 1969. He returned to New York with three pictures. He also commented that, once the paintings arrived in New York, he was "surrounded by paintings of packages." He then got George Staempfli to give Bravo a solo show at his New York gallery. This exhibition was held in 1970 and included Homage to Santa Teresa with Collection of Dr. Frank Purnell as the credit line. [Blake in Trower 1997: 9-10] and [Staempfli 1970]

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Melvin Blake and Frank Purnell Collection


© Claudio Bravo, courtesy, Marlborough Gallery, New York



59 1/2 x 78 in. (60 x 78 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. overall)

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Medium or Technique

Oil on canvas


Contemporary Art