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Germaine Richier
SAUTERELLE
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PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTION

Germaine Richier
SAUTERELLE
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Details & Cataloguing

Art Contemporain Evening Sale

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Germaine Richier
1902 - 1959
SAUTERELLE
signed and numbered 2, stamped with the founder's mark Valsuani


bronze with brown patina
53,5 x 63 x 44 cm; 21 1/16 x 23 5/8 x 17 5/16 in.
Conceived in 1945, this work cast after 1959 is number 2 of an edition of 12. 
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Provenance

Galerie Creuzevault, Paris
Private Collection, Sweden
Private Collection, Sweden
Julian Barran Ltd, London
Galerie Daniel Varenne, Geneva
Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1995

Exhibited

London, The Hanover Gallery, Germaine Richier, 6 October - 5 November 1955; catalogue, np., no. 10, other example   
Saint-Paul de Vence, Fondation Maeght, Germaine Richier, Rétrospective, 5 April - 25 June 1996; catalogue, p. 46, no. 14, illustrated, other example  
Berlin, Akademie der Künste, Germaine Richier, 7 September - 2 November 1997; catalogue, p.77, no. 15, p. 85, no. 20, illustrated, other example  

Literature

Peter Selz, New Images of Man, New York, 1959, p. 129, illustrated (other example)
Catalogue d'exposition, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Germaine Richier, 28 October - 5 February 2007, Venice, p. 70

Catalogue Note

Germaine Richier, Moyenne Sauterelle, 1945

Figure tutélaire de l’histoire de l’art moderne, Germaine Richier reste inclassable. Formée par Bourdelle à la sculpture d’après modèle vivant, son œuvre prend cependant un tour anthropomorphe au sortir de la guerre, le corps humain restant au centre de ses préoccupations mais revêtant dès lors un caractère allégorique et fantastique, à l’image de cette Sauterelle dont la matière tourmentée revêt un caractère dramatique d’essence existentialiste. Chargée d’une force primitive tenant, comme le souligne André Pieyre de Mandiargues, « du roc ou de la souche autant que de l’homme écorché », La Sauterelle est sans aucun doute l’un des chefs d’œuvre de l’artiste qui a su faire évoluer la sculpture vers un naturalisme baroque et expressif inédit.


Guardian figure of modern art history, Germaine Richier remains unclassifiable. Trained in sculpture after live models by Bourdelle, her work took on an anthropomorphic turn after the war. Although the human body remained a central theme, it took on an allegoric and fantastic dimension, as is visible in La Sauterelle, which tormented aspect reveals a dramatic dimension of existentialist nature. Charged with a primitive force that, as worded by André Pieyre de Mandiargues, evokes a “rock or stump as well as a skinned figure”, La Sauterelle is undoubtedly one of the artist’s masterpieces that brought sculpture toward an unprecedented expressive and baroque naturalism.

Art Contemporain Evening Sale

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Paris