Lot 141
  • 141

Henri Michaux

30,000 - 40,000 USD
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  • Henri Michaux
  • Dessin Mescalinien
  • ink on paper
  • 12 1/2 by 9 1/2 in. 31.7 by 24 cm.
  • Executed in 1956.
32 by 24cm.
Executed in 1955-58.


Galleria d'Arte del Naviglio, Milan
Galerie de France, Paris
Acquired by the present owner from the above

Catalogue Note

"One might consider Michaux's mescaline drawings as merely the symptom or trace of drug-induced psychosis, a twitching, frenetic scribble, a kind of mad writing, with incomprehensible sentences trailing off the page, mounds and skeins of lines, hideous juddering spinal columns, squid-shapes, worm-like crayon patterns and spumes of ink. Yet they are as intensely beautiful as anything Michaux produced. They have a fascinating complexity. Sometimes, looking at the mescaline drawings, it is like looking at a ruined Paris from the air, the bridges on the Seine on fire, the quartiers turning into monsters, the boulevards writhing." - Adrian Searle, The Guardian, February 22, 1999