Art Dealer Gets 2 Paintings For the Price of 1

Art dealer Denis Savill acquired a Lloyd Rees painting at a Sotheby’s auction last August for $94,500. Savill had then noticed a second strip of canvas underneath the top one. After the auction he took the painting to conservator David Stein. Below the painting was another painting by Lloys Rees that was signed and dated. Stein had then said: “”What do you think? Is this going to be a boring old canvas underneath or has the good Lord smiled on you?”
Savill acquired around 40 paintings at that sale. A senior curator at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Henrik Kolenberg said: “This hidden painting is probably not for the general taste but for those who have a passion for a particular kind of poetry. It almost suggests the Rees of his late work where the abstract language of form is more important than the specifics of a place. As a curator, I probably see hundreds of pictures every day and there are very few I’d like to steal and take home. But this is one of them; it’s a great painting, really beautiful.”

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