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Eugene Berman

L'aube, le jour, le crépuscule, la nuit

Eugene Berman

Eugene Berman

L'aube, le jour, le crépuscule, la nuit

L'aube, le jour, le crépuscule, la nuit

Eugene Berman

1899 - 1972

L'aube, le jour, le crépuscule, la nuit


signed with the initials E.B. and indistincly dated 1931 (towards the centre below the jug) and titled L'aube, Le Jour, le Crépuscule, La Nuit. (lower left)

ink and charcoal on cardboard

Executed in 1931.

101,6 x 76,1 cm; 40 x 30 in.

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Eugene Berman

1899 - 1972

L'aube, le jour, le crépuscule, la nuit


signé des initiales E.B. et daté indistinctement 1931 (vers le milieu, sous la cruche) et titré L'aube, Le Jour, le Crépuscule, La Nuit. (en bas à gauche)

encre et fusain sur carton

Exécuté en 1931.

101,6 x 76,1 cm; 40 x 30 in.

The board is stable. The board is affixed to a mount on the reverse and floating in its mount. The lower corners are scuffed. There is a crease (approx. 45cm long) running horizontally from the centre of the right edge. There are a few areas of paper skinning and rubbing in places consistent with the cardboard and the artistic process, notably in the legs of the recycling figures and to the clothes of the seated woman to the upper left quadrant. There is some yellowing at the centre of the composition on the first round flat stone and in the body of the jug (as visible in the catalogue illustration). There is some light frame rubbing along the extreme edges. This work is in overall fairly good condition.


"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.

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Edward James, United Kingdom

Edward James Foundation, West Dean (their sale: Christie's, London, December 15, 2016, A Surreal Legacy Selected works of art from The Edward James Foundation, lot 53)

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Edward James, Royaume-Uni

Edward James Foundation, West Dean (leur vente: Christie's, Londres, 15 décembre 2016, A Surreal Legacy Selected works of art from The Edward James Foundation, lot 53)

Brighton, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, A Surreal Life: Edward James 1907-1984, 1998, no. 137, illustrated in the catalogue p. 141

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Brighton, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, A Surreal Life: Edward James 1907-1984, 1998, no. 137, reproduit dans le catalogue p. 141

Fleeing the Russian revolution, Eugène Berman, arrived in France in 1918. Like his brother Leonid, he quickly joined the Neo-Romantic movement. Using a broader spectrum than his brother, he produced numerous landscapes, but also figural studies, costumes and theatre sets. He was also very close to the Surrealists and his powerful and imaginative style, sometimes reminiscent of the old masters, influenced artists such as Domenico Gnoli. In 1935, he moved to New York where he gained recognition as a stage set designer. 

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Arrivé en France en 1918 et fuyant la Russie bolchévique, Eugène Berman se joignit comme son frère Leonid rapidement au mouvement Néo-romantique. D’un spectre plus large que son frère, il réalisa de nombreux paysages, mais aussi des études de figures, des costumes et des décors de théâtre. Il fut aussi très proche des surréalistes et son style puissant et imaginatif, quelquefois proches des maîtres anciens, mais très facile, influenca des artistes tels que Domenico Gnoli. En 1935, il déménage à New York où il se fit connaître en tant que décorateur pour la scène.