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Georges Papazoff
1894 - 1972
signed Papazoff (lower right); signed Papazoff and dated 1925 on the reverse
oil and sand on canvas
72.6 by 60.2cm., 28 1/2 by 23 3/4 in.
Painted in 1925.
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Sale: Blanche, Versailles, 14th June 1978, lot 81
Oscar Ghez Collection (purchased at the above sale)
Thence by descent to the present owner


Paris, Galerie de Seine, Papazoff, sur les pas du peintre, 1971, illustrated in the catalogue
Sofia, Galerie des Beaux Arts de la Fondation Ludmila Jivkova, Georges Papazoff, 1988
Geneva, Musée du Petit Palais, Georges Papazoff. Précurseur et franc-tireur du Surréalisme, 1993
Geneva, Musée du Petit Palais, Les Heures chaudes de Montparnasse, 1995
Monteuil, 45ème congrés de la CGT, Le Temps de créer un siècle, 1895-1995, 1995, illustrated in the catalogue
Geneva, Musée du Petit Palais, Aux sources de l’art moderne - Nouveau regard sur la collection, 1998


Gaston Diehl, Papazoff, Paris, 1995, no. 57, illustrated in colour p. 108 & illustrated on the back cover

Catalogue Note

Born in Bulgaria, Georges Papazoff moved to Paris in 1924 and became closely involved with the vibrant artistic scene of the day. A friend of Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso and Max Ernst, Papazoff’s diverse œuvre was imbued with an undeniable Surrealist quality whilst retaining an utterly distinctive style and subject matter. Executed in 1925 and relating to a series of images depicting fantastical heads which the artist was working on at the time, Rêverie was one of the earliest paintings in which Papazoff employed sand in order to achieve a more variegated and rich texture.

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