FÉLIX LABISSE (1905 - 1982)
Signed Labisse. (lower right)
Gouache, brush and ink and pen and ink on paper
9⅝ by 7½ in. (24.4 by 19 cm)
Framed: 17⅝ by 15½ in. (44.8 by 39.4 cm)
Executed circa 1955.
The work is in very good condition. Executed on cream wove paper, which has been mounted at multiple places along its verso. The top edge is lightly deckled. The pigments are bright and well-preserved. There is very light, scattered staining to the sheet. There is a very light 1/2 inch scratch towards the lower-left corner. There is a handling crease toward the left edge. There are remnants of adhesive and patterned strips of fading to the sheet, possibly inherent to the artist's technique.
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Galerie Isy Brachot, Brussels
Private Collection, Belgium (and sold: Sotheby's, Amsterdam, September 6, 2005, lot 353)
Gallery of Surrealism, New York
Acquired from the above on October 2, 2005
This work is a study for an unrealized invitation to the opening of an exhibition at the Cinémathèque française at the Municipal Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris entitled 60 Years of Cinema, Exhibition—Projections in 1955 (see image 5).