LEON KELLY | THE ORIENTAL COCK
LEON KELLY | THE ORIENTAL COCK
LEON KELLY | THE ORIENTAL COCK
LEON KELLY | THE ORIENTAL COCK
LEON KELLY | THE ORIENTAL COCK
LEON KELLY | THE ORIENTAL COCK
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The Sleep of Reason: A Private Collection of Surrealist Art Online

LEON KELLY | THE ORIENTAL COCK

Estimate: 800 - 1,200 USD

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The Sleep of Reason: A Private Collection of Surrealist Art Online

LEON KELLY | THE ORIENTAL COCK

Estimate: 800 - 1,200 USD

Lot Sold:4,000USD
(30 bids, reserve met)

Lot Details

Description

LEON KELLY (1901 - 1982)

THE ORIENTAL COCK 


Signed Leon Kelly and dated 1945 (lower right); signed Leon Kelly, titled in English, French and Spanish, inscribed La Fiesta de los Pájaros, The Carnival of Birds, and dated 1945 (on the verso

Pen and ink and colored pencil on paper

10½ by 6¼ in. (26.7 by 15.9 cm)

Framed: 14¾ by 11⅝ in. (37.5 by 29.7 cm)

Executed in 1945. 

Condition Report

This work is in excellent condition. Executed on reddish brown laid paper. The sheet has been hinged with photo corners in all four corners. The bottom edge is unevenly cut. There are artist's pinholes in top left and top right corners. There is a one inch long minor stain extending near the bottom of the right edge into the center of the sheet.


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Cataloguing

Provenance

Julien Levy, New York 

Jean Levy, New York (by descent from the above and sold by the estate: Tajan, Paris, April 21, 2005, lot 323)

Gallery of Surrealism, New York

Acquired from the above on June 18, 2005

Catalogue Note

Growing up between a farm in Bucks County, Pennsylvania and downtown Philadelphia, Leon Kelly was naturally inspired by the stillness of nature. He enrolled in the School of Industrial Art in 1921, where he won the scholarship to study abroad in Europe and develop his academic techniques from copying old-mater paintings in the Louvre. In 1940, Kelly was discovered by Julien Levy—the dealer at the forefront of Surrealism who represented major Surrealists including Max Ernst, Yves Tanguy, and Salvador Dalí—and started to show his works at the eponymous gallery. Kelly eventually left New York for the remote beach town of Long Beach Island, New Jersey where he often observed the birds and insects that served as motifs for his most important works. 

The Sleep of Reason | A Private Collection of Surrealist Art Online
Online bidding closed20 May 2019 | 04:52 PM GMT