FÉLIX LABISSE (1905 - 1982)
Signed Labisse. (lower right)
Pen and ink on paper
12¼ by 9⅝ in. (31.1 by 24.4 cm)
Framed: 20⅝ by 17½ in. (52.4 by 44.5 cm)
Executed in 1945.
This work is in very good condition. Executed on cream wove paper. The corners of the sheet have been mounted at all four edges with photo corners. The extreme edges of the verso have been reinforced with tape. The sheet is very lightly time struck and there is very minor scattered staining throughout. There are two 1/4 inch repaired tears along the right edge, the first along the upper-half of the right edge and the second to the lower-half of the right edge.
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Acquired on June 19, 2010
A self-taught painter, the Belgian artist Félix Labisse was never officially part of the Parisian Surrealist group though his mature practice was heavily influenced by its output and its ideas, and he exhibited in group shows devoted to Surrealism with André Masson, Max Ernst, Raymond Queneau and André Breton after he settled in Paris in 1932. Labisse renders his poetic reveries in a Surrealist style, especially focusing on the female figure, which recurs as a central motif through his oeuvre and is typically characterized as combinations of the alluringly sensual, distant and unemotional.
This work is a study related to Alfred Jarry's science fiction novel Le Surmâle.