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Element Mecanique: Fernand Leger

Catalogue: Fine Art: Drawings: Pencil: Pre 1930   item# 1234399 (stock# 2646)

Element Mecanique: Fernand Leger
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414-276-6779


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Fernand Leger, French,1881-1955. This stunning example of Fernand Leger's imagery at his peak period in the 1920's is graphite and gouache on paper. It is 34.5cm h by 25cm w in a beautiful frame 55cm h by 45cm w. It is signed lower right F. L. 22 and inscribed "A mon cher Ami Albert Fratellini cordialement F Leger". There is some wear on the edges of the paper as can be seen but no damage to the image. It has excellent provenance: bought from Gallery Louise Leiris in Paris by Prince Darius Tayarken of London (stamp verso), Private UK Collection, Private American Collection at present. Fernand Léger was born in 1881, the same year both Picasso and Braque were born, in Normandy; his father was a substantial cattle grazer. Fernand was trained as an architectural draughtsman and later worked as a professional retoucher of photographs. He was an abstract painter before the War, in which he had a brilliant record. He had visited the United States twice. In France, he lived in a villa next to some railroad tracks in a Paris suburb, and a farm in Normandy where he raised pigs and made cider.It is often said that Léger was the artist of the machine age, but he was not entirely a man of his time. He knew poverty as a child, was gassed in World War I, had to flee before the invading Nazis in World War II. But there is little of death and destruction in his work. Other men have painted with more passion, few with more exuberance.Léger returned to France at the end of 1945 after spending the war years traveling and lecturing in the United States. There had been three previous visits to America in the 1930s, all entrepreneurial adventures of only modest success. He had resumed his practice of making public appearances to explain his art to a sometimes curious, sometimes bewildered public. In addition, he enjoyed many celebrity encounters, like a holiday with Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald, an evening at the theatre with James Joyce and friendships with Ezra Pound and Henry Miller. His paintings sell for up to 37 Million and his paintings are in many museums.


Tete Cubiste: Henri Laurens

Catalogue: Fine Art: Drawings: Pencil: Pre 1920   item# 1234362 (stock# 2645)

Tete Cubiste: Henri Laurens
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414-276-6779


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Henri Laurens, Paris, 1885-1954. Cubiste Tete de Femme is pencil and gouache on paper signed H.L. 18 LR. It is 22.3cm by 18.7cm (8.75" by 7.6". The son of a workman, Laurens trained at an early age in a decoration studio, where he modeled period-style ornaments and drew architectural designs. Afterwards Henri Laurens worked on building sites and scaffolding, where he learnt the hands-on side of hewing stone. He also regularly attended the popular evening classes in drawing taught by "Papa Perrin," who instilled in his pupils a serious attitude to craftsmanship. Laurens' first sculptures were influenced by Auguste Rodin until he met Georges Braque in 1911. After encountering Cubism*, Henri Laurens began to translate the ideas of Analytical Cubism into sculpture, polychrome bas-relief* and collages*. Picasso, who liked what Laurens was doing, introduced the fledgling sculptor to Léonce Rosenberg, who was so enthusiastic about Laurens' work that he bought some of it and supported Laurens throughout the war years. A number of terracotta* and stone reliefs Henri Laurens did not long after the war reveal the influence of Jacques Lipchitz and African sculpture. By then repudiating Cubist geometric forms, Henri Laurens again approached nature, developing an organic, curvilinear style in which he produced highly abstract, rhythmic figures - usually female nudes - that were poetic and powerful. In numerous works Henri Laurens took up themes from Greco-Roman mythology and reinterpreted them. In 1944 Henri Laurens started producing designs for La Grande Sirène, and in 1953 he did Amphion, a bronze sculpture over four meters high commissioned by the university city of Caracas, Venezuela. Henri Laurens worked over each piece individually to ensure fullness and substance. Henri Laurens was awarded the Grand Prix for sculpture at the São Paolo Biennial* in 1953. Apart from sculpture, Laurens' legacy comprises a copious graphic œuvre: woodcuts, etchings and book illustrations. Henri Laurens died in Paris on 5 May 1954.


Modernist Original Drawings: John Ulbricht

Catalogue: Fine Art: Drawings: Pencil: Pre 1950   item# 1120464 (stock# 2555)

Modernist Original Drawings: John Ulbricht
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414-276-6779


"$385. - $2500." 

John Ulbricht, Cuba, Illinois, and working living in Majorca, Spain for many years, 1913-2007.Provenance: Private Midwest Collection, Timothy Kuehne Gallery, Estate of Robert Von Neuman, Direct Acquisition from John Ulbricht, his son-in-law. He is known for Figural, Modernist and Abstract Compositions, Paintings and Drawings. These dynamic drawings represent his early original drawings from 1946-50 when he was living in the USA: Chicago and Denver, before moving to Majorca, Spain. His early work can be considered a period of peak artistic energy and exploration. They are pencil on paper out of his original drawings books from the estate of his Father in Law Robert Von Neumann, an important Midwestern wpa artist. Ulbricht has a long and productive artistic career and is listed in Who was Who in American Art. He has a extensive gallery and exhibition record and is in many museums including The National Portrait Gallery.


Venus & Adonis: Red Chaulk: Padovanino/ Varotari

Catalogue: Fine Art: Drawings: Pencil: Pre 1700   item# 961809 (stock# 2397)

Venus & Adonis: Red Chaulk: Padovanino/ Varotari
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Ottavio Padovanino, Italian, 1582-1634. This stunning drawing is red chaulk and pencil on paper mounted on paper. It is 15"H by 10.6"W with the name Padovanino handwritten in pencil on the paper below the drawing. Verso is written Alessandro Varotari, Verona, 1588-1648, "Le Padovau...." The condition is good with minor foxing and a darkened edge due to framing. It was in a private collection in Chicago.


Factory Workers: Robert Von Neumann

Catalogue: Fine Art: Drawings: Pencil: Pre 1940   item# 689010 (stock# 2546)

Factory Workers: Robert Von Neumann
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"$2000." 

Robert Von Newmann, Chicago/Milwaukee, 1888-1976. These original drawings are from 1920-1930's and are from the estate of the artist. The frame is an original 1920-40's frame.


Women with Cherubs: Charles Joseph Natoire

Catalogue: Fine Art: Drawings: Pencil: Pre 1800   item# 499356 (stock# 2167)

Women with Cherubs: Charles Joseph Natoire
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Charles Joseph Natoire, attributed to, French,170-1777. This lovely drawing is pencil on paper and is 6 15/16" by 10 9/16" and is in good condition. Natoire is known for paintings and works on paper with subjects of genre, landscapes, portraits, religious, mythological, archery, horses, and nudes. His painting sell for up to $506,000. and his drawings sell for up to $50,000. He is listed at great length in Benezit and Mallett and his work is in many museums including: Paris (Louvre), Stockholm, Rome.


Gods with Angels: Jean Honore Fragonard

Catalogue: Fine Art: Drawings: Pencil: Pre 1800   item# 388431 (stock# 358)

Gods with Angels: Jean Honore Fragonard
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Jean Honore Fragonard, French, 1732-1806. This drawing is an oval in pencil of Gods with Angels. It is 10"h by 12"w on a board that is 14" by 16" with Jean Honore Fragonard with 1732-1806 written below it in pencil on the board under the drawing. It is framed in an older gold frame and is 20.5 by 22. Honore did many drawing and "cartoons" in preparation for larger paintings and this is no doubt a cartoon which were not signed. His drawings sell for up to $83,000 and he is listed in Benezit as well as in many books from that period.

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