Lot 139
  • 139

Frantisek Foltyn

8,000 - 12,000 GBP
12,500 GBP
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  • František Foltýn
  • signed Frantisek Foltyn, dated 1926 Paris (lower left), dated 1925 twice (lower centre) and indistinctly inscribed (lower right)
  • pencil on paper
  • 43.9 by 31.2cm., 17 3/8 by 12 3/8 in.


Private Collection, Toulouse, France (acquired by 1985)
Thence by descent to the present owner

Catalogue Note

 Foltyn, an important member of the Czech avant-garde, executed this drawing during his stay in Paris. It is a study for the major painting Imperialism (fig. 1), which depicts a tin man holding a red scythe in his hands. The numbers 14 and 18 echo the span of the First World War and the figure recalls a number of popular culture motifs at the time, such as the Tin Woodman in L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, published in 1900, a figure that has often been read to have political meaning and has its source deep in European folk art. The metallic, cylindric forms in the present work establish a stroing visual link with Fernand Léger, whose works in the late 1910s had been populated by such forms.