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Rudolf Bauer
1889 - 1953
signed Rudolf Bauer (lower centre)
watercolour, gouache, oil and brush and ink on paper
43.8 by 32.4cm., 17 1/4 by 12 3/4 in.
Executed in 1920.
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This work is recorded in the archives of Rowland Weinstein.


Estate of the Artist, Vienna
Portico New York, Inc., New York
Acquired from the above by the present owner


Los Angeles, Fiorella Urbinati Gallery (& traveling), Rudolf Bauer- Centennial Exhibition, 1989-90
Lakeland, Florida, Polk Museum of Art, Champions of Modernism, 1999
New York, Wendt Gallery, Champions of Modernism III, 2011

Catalogue Note

Rudolf Bauer’s 1920 drawing is a non-objective work that calls to mind a bird’s eye view of a dog on a leash. A longtime friend of the Futurist artist Filippo Marinetti, it is likely that Bauer was harking back to Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash, a 1912 work by fellow Futurist Giacomo Balla, when he created this composition. It has been speculated that the burst of colour above the canine image in Bauer's work is the sound of the dog's bark, a concept in line with the synesthesic nature of his output. If so, then Bauer may have intended to build upon Balla's work by illustrating not only the dynamism of the poodle's gait, but also the sound of its voice.

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