Property from the Collection of Albin Schram, Switzerland
June 4, 01:24 PM GMT
700 - 1,000 GBP
1871 - 1957
ÉTUDE POUR SOLEIL D’AUTOMNE
signed Kupka and dated 1906 (lower left)
pencil on paper
Unframed: 31 by 23.2cm., 12¼ by 9¼in.
Drawn in 1906.
This work is sold unframed
The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Pierre Brullé.
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Collection Albin Schram, Switzerland
Thence by descent to the present owners
This sketch is a study for František Kupka’s Symbolist masterpiece Soleil d’automne, in the National Gallery, Prague; another oil version is housed in the collection of the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Soleil d’automne depicts three goddesses basking in the light of the autumn sun, partly sheltered in the dappled shade of an apple tree. 1906 was a pivotal year for Kupka, he settled in a suburb outside of Paris and for the first time was asked to exhibit in the esteemed Salon d’Automne, which in title bears an uncanny resemblance to his magnificent painting. The work calls upon Kupka’s training in Vienna, where he concentrated on symbolic and allegorical subjects. This sketch depicts the beautiful and languorous central figure, whose contrapposto pose encapsulates a sense of quiet confidence.