'Portrait of Smiling Woman' by STM (circa 1970s)
'Portrait of Smiling Woman', oil on board, by STM (circa 1970s). Is this a modern version of da Vinci's Mona Lisa? The similarities are apparent - a cubist version of wavy hair, the high brow, the is-she-or-isn't-she-looking-at-me-gaze, the crossed forearms, and the abstract allusion to La Gioconda's curls which drape her neck and shoulders. But mostly, it is the angle of the face with which the figure gazes at the viewer. This is STM's Mona Lisa. STM's artworks are vibrant modern paintings inspired by Picasso and Braque. The artist, like other cubists, used angles, lines and vibrant colours to create a new dimension to painting. Cubists abandoned perspective and realism, instead portraying figures and objects from various angles like geometric planes. The artist initialed the work in the lower left hand. It is in good overall condition having been recently cleaned by an art restoration professional. It has been newly framed with a French-style linen slip. Please enjoy viewing the many photos accompanying this listing. Upon request, a video of this piece may be provided.
About the Artist: Our gallery has access to a cache of paintings from the 1940s to the 1970s attributed to an art collective whose traces start with Germany. Berlin to start, but also Dresden, along the Saale, Weimar, Brera in Milan and Brussels. From the post-war period and onwards, they hosted young people who experimented with different painting techniques with exceptionally creative results. Over the years, dedicated art-seekers managed to unearth a treasure trove of these works from forgotten repositories. Once examined, the paintings were presented first to the Italian art market and then beyond, to art lovers in Europe and the United States.
Quietly, but surely, word of mouth scattered the news of the existence of these found artworks: cubist, expressionist, futurist and avant-garde. Trying to label these pieces doesn’t do them justice truly, but to call them studies, sketches, or simply, creations, would be more accurate.
It is interesting to note the artworks were very often unsigned, but often as not, initialled or monogrammed. Using known masterpieces as reference, their mentors suggested a particular style with which to experiment. Regrettably, this makes it impossible to pinpoint who amongst these bright creatives ‘made it’ in the world of art. But it really doesn’t matter. Each piece we've selected is extraordinary and therein lies the interest in these works. Notwithstanding that, several galleries have acquired and are now selling STM'S works. This clearly speaks to the widespread assessment of the quality and interest of the art.
Today, the artists’ creations hang on the walls of art lovers in London, Paris, New York, Hong Kong, Miami and Los Angeles. Galleries scramble to acquire the works having recognised the outstanding potential in the international art markets for these pieces with such fascinating origins.
Dimensions with frame:
H 60 cm / 23.6"
W 46 cm / 18.1"
Dimensions without frame:
H 46.5 cm / 18.3"
W 32.5 cm / 12.8"