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HASSEL SMITH (1915-2007)

 
HASSEL SMITH - 316 Revisited - acrylic on canvas - 68 x 68 in. HASSEL SMITH - 316 Revisited - acrylic on canvas - 68 x 68 in. HASSEL SMITH - 316 Revisited - acrylic on canvas - 68 x 68 in. HASSEL SMITH - 316 Revisited - acrylic on canvas - 68 x 68 in. HASSEL SMITH - 316 Revisited - acrylic on canvas - 68 x 68 in. HASSEL SMITH - 316 Revisited - acrylic on canvas - 68 x 68 in. HASSEL SMITH - 316 Revisited - acrylic on canvas - 68 x 68 in. HASSEL SMITH - 316 Revisited - acrylic on canvas - 68 x 68 in. HASSEL SMITH - 316 Revisited - acrylic on canvas - 68 x 68 in.
316 Revisited198068 x 68 in. acrylic on canvas
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Estate of Hassel Smith

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