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PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED COLLECTION

Robert Delaunay
NATURE MORTE AUX GANTS
Estimation
1 200 0001 800 000
ACCÉDER AU LOT
16

PROPERTY FROM A DISTINGUISHED COLLECTION

Robert Delaunay
NATURE MORTE AUX GANTS
Estimation
1 200 0001 800 000
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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Robert Delaunay
1885 - 1941
NATURE MORTE AUX GANTS
Signed Robert Delaunay and dated 06-07 (upper left)
Oil on canvas
39 3/8 by 32 in.
100 by 81.5 cm
Painted in 1906-07.
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The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Richard Riss.

Provenance

Sonia Delaunay, Paris

Louis Carré, Paris (by 1946 and until at least 1959)

Galerie Beyeler, Basel

Sale: Sotheby's, London, December 1, 1982, lot 45

Private Collection (acquired at the above sale and sold: Sotheby's, London, June 27, 1989, lot 27)

Private Collection (acquired from the above)

Acquired from the above in 1993

Exposition

New York, Sidney Janis Gallery, The Early Delaunay, 1948-49, no. 2 (titled Nature morte, Néo Impressioniste)

Bern, Kunsthalle, Ausstellung Robert Delaunay, 1951, no. 3 (titled Nature morte, Néo Impressioniste)

Leverkusen, Städtisches Museum Morsbroich & Mannheim, Kunsthalle, Robert Delaunay, 1956, no. 11

Berlin, Schloss Charlottenburg & Schaffhausen, Museum zu Allerheiligen, Triumph der Farbe: Die Fauves, 1959, no. 74

Bibliographie

Robert Delaunay, Du Cubisme à l'Art Abstrait, Les Cahiers Inédits, suivis d'un Catalogue de l'Oeuvre par Guy Habasque, Paris, 1957, no. 32, catalogued p. 250

Gustav Vriesen & Max Imdahl, Robert Delaunay: Light & Color, New York, 1967, fig. 46, illustrated

Description

This vibrantly colorful still-life is the largest and most lavishly detailed from Delaunay's Neo-Impressionist period.   The picture dates from 1906 or 1907, when the stylization of Delaunay's compositions was heavily indebted to the influence of Henri-Edmond Cross, whose solo exhibition in Paris he probably saw in 1905.  Delaunay appreciated Cross's unorthodox color palette and the distinct patches of color that gave shape to his compositions.  Taking this technique a step further in his own work, Delaunay applied his medium in large, rectangular blocks that resembled stones of a mosaic.  Other examples of this technique from 1906 are Portrait du Henri Carlier and Paysage au vaches, both in the collection of the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

Nature morte aux gants also demonstrates the influence of the Fauves on his compositions.  Delaunay had freed his palette from the colors of the natural world, and in this picture his color choices are largely a mode of unmitigated expression rather than a vehicle for naturalistic representation.  In his monograph on the artist, Gustav Vriesen observes that "the short blunt Neo-impressionist line no longer determines the structure but serves instead to decorate the picture in accordance with a new feeling for ornament."  Discussing the present composition, he continues: "Thus, in Still Life with Gloves, the ornamental design of the rug is 'stitched' across the entire picture surface.  A persian faience vase adds further to the Oriental atmosphere" (G. Vriesen, op. cit., p. 20).

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