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GERMAINE RICHIER | Plomb avec verre de couleur, no. 49

120,000 - 180,000 EUR
261,000 EUR
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  • After Germaine Richier
  • Plomb avec verre de couleur, no. 49
  • lead and coloured glass


The Estate of the Artist
Private Collection, Paris
Private Collection, London


Saint-Paul de Vence, Fondation Maeght, Germaine Richier, Rétrospective, 5 April - 25 June 1996; catalogue, p. 206, no. 61, illustrated in colour
Venise, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Germaine Richier, 28 October - 5 February 2007; catalogue, pp. 98-99, illustrated in colour
New York, Dominique Lévy Gallery, Germaine Richier, February - April 2014; catalogue, 78-79, illustrated in colour 

Catalogue Note

Fully aware of the avant-gardes of her time, Germaine Richier created her first glass-incrusted lead sculptures in 1952. The experiment only lasted five years during which she produced an outstanding body of unique pieces showing the full extent of her researches on form and material. With marks of the artist's hand here and there on the metal, Plomb avec verre de couleur, no. 49 is probably one of the most remarkable examples of this period emblematic of Richier's constant search for the right balance between tension and harmony, resilience and sensitivity. In addition to its scarlet eye and heart-shaped fragments of glass incrusted in ash concretions judiciously placed in the sculpture, Plomb avec verre de couleur, no. 49 also displays a singular versatile aspect.