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PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED LATIN AMERICAN COLLECTOR

Francisco Narváez
PAISAJE 
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
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232

PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED LATIN AMERICAN COLLECTOR

Francisco Narváez
PAISAJE 
Estimate
40,00060,000
LOT SOLD. 50,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Francisco Narváez
1905 - 1982
PAISAJE 
Signed Narváez and dated 44 (lower left)
Oil on canvas
28 1/2 by 26 1/8 in.
72 by 66.4 cm
Painted in 1944.
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This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the Fundación Francisco Narváez signed by Lucas González, dated 28 de agosto de 2017, and with certificate number 2017-214. 

Provenance

Alfredo Boulton, Caracas
VIASA (Venezolana Internacional de Aviación Sociedad Anónima) Collection, Caracas (acquired from the above and sold: Subastas Odalys, Caracas, Subasta Colección VIASA, October 12, 1997, lot 44)
Acquired at the above sale

Exhibited

Caracas, Sala Eugenia Mendoza, 1966, n.n. 
Caracas, Galería de Arte Nacional, Obras de la colección, 1979, n.n. 
Caracas, Museo Francisco Narváez, El Volumen y su huella, 1980, n.n.

Literature

Rafael Pineda, Escultura y pintura de Francisco Narváez, Caracas, 1968, mentioned p. 74
Fundación Narváez, Registro General de la Obra de Francisco Narváez, Caracas, 2000, no. OL-157, illustrated p. 99

Catalogue Note

Paisaje depicts the family home of prominent Venezuelan intellectual, Alfredo Boulton. A gift from the artist, Mr. Boulton donated the painting to the corporate art collection of VIASA, the highly lucrative national airline of Venezuela and once the largest in Latin America. Considered one of the most important pieces in this prestigious art collection, Paisaje hung in the office of the President of VIASA who was often photographed beside it. Once a symbol of national pride and a model of good management, by 1975 VIASA had entered a period of financial difficulty largely due to rising fuel costs and union problems. After being nationalized in the late 1970s under the government of Carlos Andrés Pérez, the airline ceased operations in January 1997. Bankrupt, it was forced to sell its impressive art collection at auction. In recognition of its symbolic significance, Paisaje was selected as the cover of the auction catalogue and achieved the highest price in the sale. In so doing, it concluded an illustrious chapter in the history of Venezuelan aviation, a once renowned and admired industry. 

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