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Art Contemporain - Evening Sale


Germaine Richier
1902 - 1959
signed, numbered 5/8 and stamped with the foundry mark C. Valsuani
54 x 44,5 x 66 cm; 21  1/4  x 17  1/2  x 26 in.
Conceived in 1945, this work comes from an edition of 12 (1/8 to 8/8 and HC1, HC2, HC3, EA) and was cast after 1959. 
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Private Collection, USA
Thence by descent to the present owners


London, The Hanover Gallery, Germaine Richier, 6 October - 5 November 1955; catalogue, np., no. 10, other example   
New York, Museum of Modern Art, New Images of Man, 30 September - 29 November 1959, other example
Saint-Paul de Vence, Fondation Maeght, Germaine Richier, Rétrospective, 5 April - 25 June 1996; catalogue, p. 46, no. 14, illustrated, other example  
Berlin, Akademie der Künste, Germaine Richier, 7 September - 2 November 1997; catalogue, p.77, no. 15, p. 85, no. 20, illustrated, other example  


Peter Selz, New Images of Man, New York, 1959, p. 129, illustrated (other example)
Catalogue d'exposition, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Germaine Richier, 28 October - 5 February 2007, Venice, p. 70

Catalogue Note

Guardian figure of modern art history, Germaine Richier remains unclassifiable. Trained in sculpture after live models by Bourdelle, her work took on an anthropomorphic turn after the war. Although the human body remained a central theme, it took on an allegoric and fantastic dimension, as is visible in La Sauterelle, which tormented aspect reveals a dramatic dimension of existentialist nature. Charged with a primitive force that, as worded by André Pieyre de Mandiargues, evokes a “rock or stump as well as a skinned figure”, La Sauterelle is undoubtedly one of the artist’s masterpieces that brought sculpture toward an unprecedented expressive and baroque naturalism.

Art Contemporain - Evening Sale