Property from a Private Collection, London
Armenian, 1905 - 1968
LA GRENADE ÉCLATÉE
signed TUTUNDJIAN lower right
oil on canvas
92 by 60cm., 36 by 23½in.
framed: 94.5 by 62cm., 37 by 24½in.
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The canvas has not been lined.
Inspection under ultra-violet light reveals some small scattered spots of cosmetic retouching, notably in the background, and two areas addressing repairs:
- a circa 3 by 3cm area in the pomegranate's skin, also patched on the reverse; and
- a circa 10cm horizontal stroke running across the green branch nearer the centre of the composition.
Overall, this work presents well and is in good condition.
Presented in a simple and narrow gilt frame.
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Sale: Sotheby's London, 26 October 1994, lot 324
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner
Paris, Musée Palais Galliéra, 100 peintres et le Pétrole, 1959
Gladys C. Fabre, Tutundjian, Paris, 1994, no. 130, illustrated with a black and white photograph from the Tutundjian photographic archive
The present work dates from Tutundjian's Surrealist period, when, inspired by the works of René Magritte and Salvador Dalí, the artist developed his own visual metaphors often imbued with subtle Indian and Persian influences. Although never becoming a formal member of the Surrealist group, he was closely associated with André Breton and exhibited with the Surrealists throughout the 1940s and 1950s.
In 1923 Tutundjian emigrated to Paris where he befriended his fellow Armenian painter Ervand Kochar, who introduced him to Miró, Picasso, Mondrian and Jacques Villon. In 1930 he co-founded the Art Concret movement which espoused a non-figurative style.