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Composition Abstact: Sergei Poliakoff

Catalogue: Fine Art: Paintings: Watercolor: Pre 1920   item# 1237029 (stock# 2654)

Composition Abstact: Sergei Poliakoff
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Serge Poliakoff was a Russian-born French modernist painter belonging to the 'New' Ecole de Paris (Tachisme). Serge Poliakoff was born in Moscow in 1906-1968, Paris, France. This gouache on paper is 46.6cm by 28.7cm (18.3" by 11.3"), signed LCenter Sergie Poliakoff. He enrolled at the Moscow School of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, but fled Russia and the Russian Revolution in 1917. He arrived in Constantinople in 1920, living off the profits from his talent as a guitarist. He went on to pass through Sofia, Belgrade, Vienna, and Berlin before settling in Paris in 1923, all the while continuing to play in Russian cabarets. In 1929 he enrolled at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière*. His paintings remained purely academic until he discovered, during his stay in London from 1935 to 1937, the abstract art and luminous* colours of the Egyptian sarcophagi. It was a little afterwards that he met Wassily Kandinsky, Sonia and Robert Delaunay, and Otto Freundlich.With these influences, Poliakoff quickly came to be considered as one of the most powerful painters of his generation. In 1947, he was trained by Jean Deyrolle in Gordes in the Vaucluse region of France amongst peers such as Gérard Schneider, Giloli, Victor Vasarely, and Jean Dewasne. By the beginning of the 1950s, he was still staying at the Old Dovecote hotel near Saint-Germain-des-Prés, which was also home to Louis Nallard and Maria Manton, and continuing to earn a reliable income by playing the balalaika. A contract enabled him to quickly gain better financial stability.In 1962 a room was given over to his paintings by the Venice Biennial*, and Poliakoff became a French citizen in the same year. His works are now displayed in a large number of museums in Europe and New York. Poliakoff also worked with ceramics at the Manufacture nationale de Sèvres. He influenced the paintings of Arman.In 2006, works by Poliakoff were chosen by the Musée du Luxembourg for their exhibition entitled 'L'Envolée lyrique(lit:'lyric Flight'), Paris 1945-1956', namely 'Composition en brun', 1947, Ny Carlsberg Glypothek, Copenhagen; 'Composition rouge avec trait', 1952, Cologne Museum; 'Composition IV', 1954)


Natura Morta con Guitara: Gino Severini

Catalogue: Fine Art: Paintings: Watercolor: Pre 1920   item# 1237024 (stock# 2653)

Natura Morta con Guitara: Gino Severini
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Gino Severini was born in Cortona, Italy on 7 April 1883 - Paris February 26, 1966. This gouache on paper is 26cm by 35.4cm ( 10.2" by 13.9" ), signed LR G. Severini. In 1899 the Italian painter, graphic artist and sculptor went to Rome in 1899 to attend evening classes at the Villa Medici. After a decisive encounter with Giacomo Balla and Umberto Boccioni he began working as an artist in 1901. Balla introduced him to the divisionistic colour technique of the Neo-Impressionists*. Gino Severini moved to Paris in 1906 where he studied the Impressionists*, was fascinated with Seurat's paintings and met Signac. Beside Modigliani, Picasso, Braque and Gris he further encountered various well-known poets and thinkers of his time. Marinetti and Boccioni invited him to join the Futurist* movement. On 11 February 1910 Severini signed the 'Manifesto of Futurist Painting' and thus became a co-founder of this style. In contrast to his artist colleagues, Severini was barely interested in the dynamic of machines, but in the depiction of human bodies in motion. His cabaret scenes and depictions of dancers were made during his period. Works such as Blue Dancer (1912) show the typical Futurist principles of faceting and simultaneous effects. Severini exhibited works in 1912 at the Futurist exhibitions in Paris, London and Berlin and developed relationships between Italy and France. The artist's work became Cubist* after 1915. From now on the artist increasingly focused on the harmony of geometric constructions such as the golden section. His favourite subjects were the still lifes with musical instruments and scenes from the Commedia dell' Arte. Between 1924 and 1935 Severini was commissioned with numerous murals and mosaics. He led an exciting life between Rome and Paris and published theoretical texts and books on art. Severini was awarded the Grand Prize of the Venice Biennale* in 1950. The divisionist concept of the picture, together with a Cubist-Futurist style, which was adopted by Balla, is typical of Severini's entire oeuvre*. He analyzed light, movement and events, which happened after one another but are linked by memory. Gino Severini died in Paris on 26 February 1966. Important works by the artist are today exhibited in Milan (Collection Gianni Mattioli) and Rotterdam (Museum Boymans-van-Beuningen).


Cubiste Figure: Louis Marcoussis

Catalogue: Fine Art: Paintings: Watercolor: Pre 1940   item# 1236823 (stock# 2652)

Cubiste Figure: Louis Marcoussis
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Louis Marcoussis (Ludwig Casimir Ladislas Markus) Warsaw,Poland,1878-1941. In 1901 he entered the Academy of Fine Arts of Cracow to study painting with Jan Crzegorz Stanislawski. In 1903 Markus moved to Paris, where he worked briefly under Jules Lefebvre at the Académie Julian* and became a friend of La Fresnaye and Robert Lotiron. He exhibited for the first time at the Salon d'Automne* in 1905 and at the Salon des Indépendants* in 1906, and was often represented in both salons in subsequent years. In Paris he made his living by selling caricatures* to satirical periodicals, including La Vie Parisienne and Le Journal. He frequented the cafés, such as the Rotonde, Cirque Médrano and the Ermitage, where he met Edgar Degas about 1906 and Braque, Picasso and Apollinaire in 1910. In 1907 Markus abandoned painting; when he began to paint again in 1910, he discarded his earlier Impressionist* style to adopt the new Cubist* idiom. About 1911, at the suggestion of Apollinaire, be began calling himself Marcoussis, the name of a village near Monthéry. In 1912 the artist participated in the Salon de la Section d'Or at the Galerie de la Boétie in Paris. By this time his circle included Gris, Léger, Picabia, Metzinger and Max Jacob. He served in the army from 1914 to 1919, returning to Poland for a visit after his demobilization. Marcoussis exhibited in 1921 at the gallery of Der Sturm in Berlin with Gleizes, Villon and others. He was given his first one-man show at Galerie Pierre, Paris, in 1925. This was followed by solo exhibitions in 1928 at the Galerie Le Centaure in Brussels, a city he visited on that occasion, and at the Galerie Georges Bernheim in Paris in 1929. In 1930 the artist made the first of many trips to England and ma Helena Rubinstein, who became his supporter. In 1934-35 be stayed for several months in the United States, where one-man shows of his prints opened a The Arts Club of Chicago in 1934 and Knoedler Gallery* and Co. in New York in 1935. Marcoussis worked almost exclusively in graphics from 1930 to 1937; a retrospective of his prints took place at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels in 1936. The artist traveled in England and Italy in 1938, and during the following year was given a solo exhibition at the London Gallery in London. In 1940, as the German army advanced, Marcoussis left Paris for Cusset, near Vichy, where he died on October 22, 1941.


Nude Holding Apple: Bela Kadar

Catalogue: Fine Art: Paintings: Watercolor: Pre 1930   item# 1236822 (stock# 2651)

Nude Holding Apple: Bela Kadar
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Béla Kádár, Hugarian, 1877-1956. Nude Holding Apple is a lovely gouache on paper, 39 cm by 29.5cm, signed LR. Born in Budapest, he became a distinctive modernist painter whose career spanned several decades. Kádár began his studies in 1896, he travel to Paris and Munich. He attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest and won the Kohner prize in 1910. Kádár's early works, which he began exhibiting in 1918, showed the influence of the Secessionists and Post-impressionists. In 1923 he exhibited with his friend Hugo Scheiber in Berlin at Walden's Der Sturm Gallery; 57 of his works were shown. Der Sturm was one of the most important avant-garde galleries in Europe, Kádár continued to exhibit there for several years. Kádár traveled to the United States and stayed for a year. He exhibited with the Société Anonyme at the Brooklyn Museum. In 1929 he returned to Budapest to exhibit his works in his home country. Kádár was personal friends with Chagall, Picasso, Kandinsky and Kokoschka. Like his contemporaries his style evolved through the decades of the 20th century. Always a modernist, his works have elements of Cubism, Futurism, Neo-Primitivism, Constructivism, and Expressionism. His subjects range from Hungarian legends, metaphysical, portraits, and fanciful decorative themes. Kádár's place in the history of Modern Art has been assured by the recent publication of two books on his life and works.


Cubiste Composition: George Valmier

Catalogue: Fine Art: Paintings: Watercolor: Pre 1920   item# 1236820 (stock# 2650)

Cubiste Composition: George Valmier
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George Valmier, French, 1885-1937. 3 gouache on paper, approximately 29.3cm by 22.3cm ( 11.5" by 8.9" ) all signed L G. Valmier,are available as a group or individually. Born and educated in France, Georges Valmier was a pioneer of the Cubist Movement. He studied with Luc-Olivier Merson at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts from 1905 to 1909. As early as 1911, he adapted the Cubist designs for practical application such as futuristic decorations for Marinetti’s theater. He exhibited his works in Paris at the Salon des Indépendants. In 1932 Valmier joined the Abstraction-Creation group, and in this later period of his career created three large panels for the French railway SNCF company’s pavilion at the International Exhibition of 1937 in Paris. Valmier was also an accomplished musician, and this love comes forth clearly in works throughout his career. In fact, beginning in 1919, he began giving his paintings musical titles such as Improvisation and Scherzo. Collections: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris Exhibitions: Salon des Indépendents, 1913, 1914, 1930 L’Effort Moderne, (1st one-man exhibition) 1921, 1922, 1928 Marcoussis & Oze, 1922 Contemporary French Art, Kunstlerhaus Vienna, 1926 Brooklyn Museum, New York, 1926, 1937 Katherine Dreier Gallery, New York, 1927 Galerie Hern Wolfsberg, Paris, 1930 Expositionm Internationale d’Art Nouveau Prague, 1931 Galerie des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1935 Galerie Fels, Paris, 1955 Galerie Thot Avignon, 1970 Galerie Melki, Paris, 1973 Paris-New York, Musée Beaubourg, 1977 Galerie Héraut-Bresson, Paris, 1980


Cubiste Composition: George Valmier

Catalogue: Fine Art: Paintings: Watercolor: Pre 1920   item# 1236819 (stock# 2649)

Cubiste Composition: George Valmier
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George Valmier, French, 1885-1937. 3 gouache on paper, approximately 18.6cm by 11.5cm ( 7.8" by 4.5" )all signed LR G. Valmier,are available as a group or individually. Born and educated in France, Georges Valmier was a pioneer of the Cubist Movement. He studied with Luc-Olivier Merson at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts from 1905 to 1909. As early as 1911, he adapted the Cubist designs for practical application such as futuristic decorations for Marinetti’s theater. He exhibited his works in Paris at the Salon des Indépendants. In 1932 Valmier joined the Abstraction-Creation group, and in this later period of his career created three large panels for the French railway SNCF company’s pavilion at the International Exhibition of 1937 in Paris. Valmier was also an accomplished musician, and this love comes forth clearly in works throughout his career. In fact, beginning in 1919, he began giving his paintings musical titles such as Improvisation and Scherzo. Collections: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris Exhibitions: Salon des Indépendents, 1913, 1914, 1930 L’Effort Moderne, (1st one-man exhibition) 1921, 1922, 1928 Marcoussis & Oze, 1922 Contemporary French Art, Kunstlerhaus Vienna, 1926 Brooklyn Museum, New York, 1926, 1937 Katherine Dreier Gallery, New York, 1927 Galerie Hern Wolfsberg, Paris, 1930 Expositionm Internationale d’Art Nouveau Prague, 1931 Galerie des Beaux-Arts, Paris, 1935 Galerie Fels, Paris, 1955 Galerie Thot Avignon, 1970 Galerie Melki, Paris, 1973 Paris-New York, Musée Beaubourg, 1977 Galerie Héraut-Bresson, Paris, 1980


Cubiste Natur Morte Avec Guitare: Henri Laurens

Catalogue: Fine Art: Paintings: Watercolor: Pre 1920   item# 1236816 (stock# 2647)

Cubiste Natur Morte Avec Guitare: Henri Laurens
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Henri Laurens, Paris, 1885-1954.These 2 pieces are Cubiste Natur Morte Avec Guitare are Gouache, Pencil and collage on paper both signed H. Laurens. 18. They are #1: Horizaontal 23.8cm by 29.2cm (9.7" by 11.5".#2: Vertical 26.5cm by 22.5cm (10.4" by 8.8") 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.


Element Mecanique: Fernand Leger

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

Element Mecanique: Fernand Leger
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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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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.


Tete Cubiste: Henri Laurens

Catalogue: Fine Art: Drawings: Pen: Pre 1920   item# 1234342 (stock# 2644)

Tete Cubiste: Henri Laurens
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Henri Laurens, Paris, 1885-1954.These 4 pieces are Cubiste Head ink on paper signed LR. They are 22.8cm by 18.5cm (9" by 7.3". 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.

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