- Chaïm Soutine
- signed C. Soutine (lower right)
- oil on canvas
- 46.2 by 55cm., 18 1/4 by 21 5/8 in.
A gift from the above to the present owner in 1991
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Illness and the deteriorating political situation made the late 1930's a difficult period for Soutine, and Paysage reflects the artist's growing uncertainty about the future. The work has a foreboding air; the child in the foreground is dwarfed by the soaring poplars, creating a sense of helplessness in the face of nature. As Maurice Tuchman comments, 'in a series of landscapes painted between 1936 and the end of his life, Soutine appears to have held himself at a distance in order to paint a broader, more grandiose vision. The art of the Thirties had inspired towards a state of timelessness and permanence...Often one senses in these late works yearning for a new, safe childhood...But it must be understood that, regardless of the period, Soutine's 'hand is the dancer, following the rhythm of the disturbances of the soul'' (Maurice Tuchman, Chaim Soutine, 1893-1943 (exhibition catalogue), London, Hayward Gallery, 1982, p.69).