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137
Eugène Zak
L'ONDINE ET LE PIFFERARO
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 200,000 EUR
JUMP TO LOT
137
Eugène Zak
L'ONDINE ET LE PIFFERARO
Estimate
60,00080,000
LOT SOLD. 200,000 EUR
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Impressionist and Modern Art

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Paris

Eugène Zak
1884 - 1926
L'ONDINE ET LE PIFFERARO
stamped twice with the artist's signature Eug. Zak (lower left)
oil on canvas
63,3 x 90 cm; 25 x 35 3/8 in.
Painted in 1924-25.
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Provenance

Marcel Bernheim, Paris
Acquired from the above in May 1928 and by descent to the present owner

Exhibited

Warsaw, Muzeum Narodowe w Warszawie, Eugeniusz Zak 1884-1926, 2003-04, no. 248, illustrated in the catalogue p. 172

Catalogue Note

Eugène Zak was born in 1884 in Mogilno, Belarus. Fascinated by Paris, he settled there and began his artistic training in Jean-Léon Gérôme’s studio in 1902. From 1904, he exhibited his works at the Salon d’Automne and in 1911, the Galerie Druet dedicated an exhibition to him. A founding member of the Society of Polish Artists, he developed friendships with Roman Kramsztyk, Waclaw Borowski, Melania Mutermilch and Zygmunt Menkes.  

L’Ondine et le Pifferaro dated 1924-25, is a masterpiece from the painter’s mature period, when he was close to Marc Chagall. The musician playing the piffero, a rustic Italian flute, gazes at the water nymph stripped bare in front of him. References to ancient themes are infused with Zak’s very particular modernist style. His palette of sophisticated tones and the linear, elongated forms of his subjects create a unique atmosphere that is at once lyrical and bucolic, perfectly expressing the nostalgic revival of Classicism that characterizes his work. The following year, Zak died in his prime at the age of 41. He was survived by his wife Jadwika, who opened the famous "Galerie Zak" at 16 Rue de l’Abbaye in Saint-Germain-des-Près, Paris, in 1928.

Impressionist and Modern Art

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Paris