Details & Cataloguing

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Nicolas de Staël
1914 - 1955
signed; signed and dated 1950 on the stretcher
oil on canvas
46 x 61 cm; 18 1/8 x 24 in.
Executed in 1950.
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Private Collection
Jean Pollak, Paris
Sotheby's, London, 24 April 1963, no. 95
Galerie Benador, Geneva (December 1964)
Sotheby's, London, 22 June 1966, no. 95
Collection Wrightson
Renée Ziegler, Zurich
Christie's, New York, 11 November 1987, no. 310
Private Collection
Private Collection, Japan


Basel, Galerie Beyeler, de Staël, August - October 1964, no. 94; catalogue, no. 24
Zurich, Kunsthaus, de Staël, 21 July - 5 September 1965, no. 153


Cimaise, January 1965, p. 18
Jacques Dubourg, Françoise de Staël, Nicolas de Staël, Catalogue Raisonné des Peintures, Paris, 1968, p. 137, no. 237, illustrated
Françoise de Staël, Nicolas de Staël, Catalogue Raisonné de l'oeuvre peint, Neuchâtel, 1997, no. 224, illustrated 

Catalogue Note

Each work (of Staël) stands out as a space where figuration puts seemingly “geometric” shapes under such extreme pressure that they push against one another. Staël escapes classification. Instinctively, he knows what colour owes to “material”. He plays a sort of nameless game that deconstructs and breaks down the line, to make way to “puzzles” and compositions. Such research requires formal skill and stopping the line about to arise.

Art Contemporain - Evening Sale