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PROPERTY FROM A PRESTIGIOUS PRIVATE PARISIAN COLLECTION

Simon Hantaï
PEINTURE
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 100,000 EUR
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PROPERTY FROM A PRESTIGIOUS PRIVATE PARISIAN COLLECTION

Simon Hantaï
PEINTURE
Estimate
80,000120,000
LOT SOLD. 100,000 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Modernités : de Rodin à Soulages

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Simon Hantaï
1922-2008
PEINTURE
signed Simon Hantaï and dated 1953 (lower right)
oil on joined canvas
92,4 x 123,2 cm; 36 3/8 x 48 1/2 in.
Painted in 1953.
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The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Galerie Jean Fournier, Paris, where it is registered under number CF 1.3.31.

Provenance

Private collection, France (acquired directly from the artist)
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Literature

Kálmán Makláry, Simon Hantaï, Catalogue Raisonné, Volume 1 (1949-1959), Budapest 2012, illustrated p. 170

Catalogue Note

In 1953, the date of Simon Hantaï's work, Andre Bréton gave him his first solo show at his Galerie de l'Etoile scellée. In his forward he wrote: "In this distressing and all invading noise of jangling bells to which the art of today can be resumed – where everything is so well organized that it is always the same "creatures" that "lead", attesting to the fact that domestication has been perfectly achieved – finally the sound of gongs!"

Freshly arrived from his native Hungary in 1948, Hantaï placed a work in front of Breton's door, the champion leader of Surrealism. Hantaï's juvenile attraction for the movement and his affiliation will last until 1955. After that his art revealed the affirmation of a highly gestural painter and a new order through a new method – the method of folding – that Hantaï explored and discovered in the sublime crevices of the mantels of his Virgins (Les Mariales).

In 1953, Hantaï's surprising originality is at work. Breton was right. Remarkable for the daring use of fuchsia known to be Breton's favourite colour and in the deliberate interference of cracks obtained through experimentation with the unprecedented technique of dried painted layers, this work is part of a narrow and still confidential body of works from the painter's surrealist period.

Modernités : de Rodin à Soulages

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Paris