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PROPERTY PREVIOUSLY IN THE COLLECTION OF GEORGE AND BOSKI ANTHEIL

Louis Marcoussis
FRENCH
NATURE MORTE À L'ANANAS
ACCÉDER AU LOT
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PROPERTY PREVIOUSLY IN THE COLLECTION OF GEORGE AND BOSKI ANTHEIL

Louis Marcoussis
FRENCH
NATURE MORTE À L'ANANAS
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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Louis Marcoussis
1883 - 1941
FRENCH
NATURE MORTE À L'ANANAS
signed and dated MARCOUSSIS 1920 upper right; signed and inscribed on the reverse MARCOUSSIS / Nature Morte
oil, tempera and sand on canvas
68.5 by 86cm., 27 by 34in.
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Provenance

Galerie Der Sturm
George Antheil (uncle of the present owner, purchased from the above in the early 1920s); thence by descent

Exposition

Brussels, Galerie Sélection, Action, 1920
Berlin, Galerie Der Sturm, 1921 or 1922 (as Nature Morte)

Bibliographie

George Antheil, Bad Boy of Music, New York, 1945, pp. 94 & 317, mentioned

Description

Galerie Der Sturm, where Antheil acquired the present painting, was the gallery where he bought a number of the other works in his collection. But as well as paintings it was through the mediation of the gallery assistant Eva Weinwurstel at Der Sturm in December 1922 that he was introduced to the Hungarian beauty Boski Markus who would become his wife.

Seeking an introduction to Boski whom he had been smitten by when he caught a glimpse of her in a café near the gallery, Antheil persuaded Eva to invite Boski to the premiere of his First Symphony to be performed at the Berlin Philharmonic under the baton of Schultz von Dornberg. But the occasion proved inauspicious: although his music was well received, Boski failed to join him for his planned post-concert dinner. Interrogating Eva the following day, she replied simply: 'Well... she didn't like your music.' (Antheil, pp. 45-52).    

For another version of the present composition painted on glass, see Jean Lafranchis, Marcoussis, sa vie, son oeuvre, Paris, 1961, no. F37, n.p., illustrated. 

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