Private Collection, France (acquired by descent from the above)
Private Collection (acquired from the above circa 2005. Sold: Christie’s, New York, 7th November 2007, lot 230)
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner
In his catalogue raisonné of Miró’s work, Jacques Dupin chose to include the pictures on Ingres paper in the volume devoted to his paintings rather than drawings. The present work is an important addition to this group which was discovered after the publication of the catalogue raisonné, and it exhibits all of the key characteristics which Dupin discerned in them: ‘The paintings on Ingres paper of 1931 form a homogenous series of highly structured works with wide bands of oil paint whose bold colors are offset by a framework of black lines. These are closer to paintings than works on paper’ (J. Dupin, Joan Miró Catalogue raisonné. Paintings, Paris, 2000, vol. II, p. 8).
The first owner of Danseuse was Roger Dutilleul (1873-1956), who formed one of the most significant collections of modern art in France. The head of his family’s successful cement manufacturing firm, Dutilleul began collecting around 1907 under the guidance of Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler, Ambroise Vollard and Léonce Rosenberg. Initially captivated by Braque and Picasso’s Cubism, he went on to own works by Modigliani - who painted his portrait in 1919 - Léger, Soutine and Utrillo. In 1979 his widow donated a significant part of his collection to the Musée d'Art Moderne de Lille at Villeneuve d'Ascq.
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