Lot 444
  • 444

Emil Filla

150,000 - 200,000 GBP
197,000 GBP
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  • Emil Filla
  • Le cruchon et la flûte
  • signed Emil Filla on the reverse
  • oil and sand on panel
  • 19.7 by 50cm., 7 3/4 by 19 5/9 in.


Private Collection, Amsterdam
Galerie 1900-2000, Paris
Private Collection (acquired from the above; sale: Sotheby's, London, 20th May 1987, lot 146)
Joe Wolpe, Cape Town
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1994


Paris, Galerie 1900-2000, Trajectoires 1905-1983, 1983, no. 63, illustrated in the catalogue


Vojtěch Lahoda, Emil Filla, Prague, 2007, no. 167, illustrated p. 185 (with erroneous dimensions)

Catalogue Note

Executed in 1915, Le cruchon et la flûte is a highly significant work which dates from a formative period of Emil Filla’s career. The angular planes and curious perspective of the scene reflects the influence of the pioneering Cubist paintings being produced in Paris by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, which Filla had originally encountered on a visit to the city in 1909. Filla had produced his first painting in a predominantly Cubist idiom in 1912, and by 1915 the artist’s interpretation of the style had matured to the extent that he was able to forge his own utterly distinctive creative vocabulary, further enhanced by his utilisation of sand as a medium to create complex textures.

Painter, graphic artist, sculptor and theorist, Filla studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague before breaking away with fellow students to found the group Osma (the Eight), exhibiting with them in 1907 and 1908. In 1911 he was instrumental in the formation of the Group of Fine Artists, a body of Czech painters, architects and intellectuals actively engaged with Cubism. Filla was well travelled and kept abreast of avant-garde artistic trends in Paris and Germany, procuring for himself and friends reproductions of paintings by Picasso, Braque and African sculpture, and building up his own extensive collection of Czech folk art and African art. Within Le cruchon et la flûte, Filla draws together these various facets of influence to create a work with powerful intellectual and historical resonance.