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Léopold Survage
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, NEW YORK

Léopold Survage
NICE
Estimate
100,000150,000
LOT SOLD. 150,000 USD
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Léopold Survage
1879 - 1968
NICE
Signed L. Survage. (lower left)
Oil on canvas
39 1/2 by 31 7/8 in.
100 by 81 cm
Painted in 1916.
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Provenance

Estate of the artist, Paris
Acquired from the above in 1972

Exhibited

Paris, Galerie Bongard, Peintures de Léopold Survage, 1917, n.n. 
Cologne, Kölner Kunstverein, Leopold Survage Retrospective, 1960, n.n. 
Paris, Galerie Lucie Weill, Survage, 1965, n.n. 
Paris, Musée Galliéra, Rétrospective Survage, 1966, no. 26
Lyon, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Survage, 1968, no. 11
Paris, Salon Comparaisons, Survage Jean Eve, 1969, n.n. 

Literature

Jeanine Warnod, Survage, Brussels, 1983, illustrated p. 51

Catalogue Note

The young Russian artist Leopold Survage arrived in Paris in 1908, drawn by the Modern French painting he had discovered in the Shchukin collection and during his studies at the School of Fine arts in Moscow. In France he followed the teachings of Matisse whilst assimilating the influence of Cézanne and the Cubists with whom he exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants in 1911.

Survage rapidly developed his own style in which he schematized figurative elements and inscribed them within a system of contradictory perspectives. The painter did not enlist in World War I due to health problems and in 1915 left for the South of France with his mistress the Baroness Hélène d'Oettingen. In Nice, as other artists had before him, he discovered with shock the beauty of Mediterranean light. The painting Nice is bathed in sunlight while the bright blue sky mingles with the sea in the background. The silhouettes of the figures that appear within the various perspectival planes of the buildings give this work a mysterious quality that seems to anticipate the Surrealist aesthetic. It was Guillaume Apollinaire, a close friend of the painter and of Hélène d'Oettingen, who organized Survage's first exhibition in Paris in 1917 at the Bongard Gallery where the artist exhibited 32 paintings, including the present work, and for which Apollinaire wrote a foreword in the form of one of his famous calligrammes.

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