Lot 145
  • 145

André Lhote

Estimate
60,000 - 80,000 GBP
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Description

  • André Lhote
  • ORPHÉE ou ÉLOGE DE LA POÉSIE
  • signed A. Lhote (lower left)
  • oil and brush and ink on paper laid down on canvas
  • 79.8 by 116cm., 31 3/8 by 45 5/8 in.

Provenance

Private Collection, France (the artist's sister-in-law; by descent from the artist)
Private Collection, France (the artist's niece; a gift from the above)
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Condition

The paper is laid down on canvas. There are some areas of fluorescence towards the upper right corner and along the lower edge, possibly due to an uneven varnish. There is a nailhead-sized spot of fluorescence to the centre of the upper edge, possibly retouching and visible under UV light. Apart from some light undulation, some very light creasing to the paper in the top half and a few specks of studio dirt to the right edge, this work is in good condition. Colours: Fairly accurate although the tones are overall less red and the pink tones in the nude are deeper in the original.
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Catalogue Note

The present work is a study for part of the decoration project for the fountain of Thonon-les-Bains, commissioned by the architect Louis Moynat in 1935 which consisted of a large fresco Baigneuses with two pendants: Eloge de la poésie (Orphée) and Éloge de l'architecture (Apollon).

André Lhote's artistic vision was a reflection of his deeply embedded views as an art theorist whose methods were based around the idea of the artist as an intellectual. He was a highly gifted teacher and proved influential to upcoming artists in his native Bordeaux as well as in Paris. Amongst Lhote's many achievements was his assistance in founding the group Section d'Or (so-called after the chapter in Da Vinci's Trattato della Pittura in which the making of gold is theoretised). The present work confirms the aesthetic that Lhote strived for: it is a harmonious, colourful work that hints at abstraction without stealing from the beauty of the subject.