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Leo Gestel
SORTIE DE L'OPÉRA
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Leo Gestel
SORTIE DE L'OPÉRA
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印象派及現代藝術日拍

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Leo Gestel
1881 - 1941
SORTIE DE L'OPÉRA
signed Leo Gestel (lower left)
oil on canvas
98.5 by 135.5cm., 38 7/8 by 53 1/4 in.
Painted circa 1910.
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來源

Kunsthandel Van Voorst van Beest, The Hague (acquired by 1989)
Private Collection, Verbier (sale: Sotheby's, Amsterdam, 6th December 2006, lot 16) 
Private Collection, Netherlands (purchased at the above sale)
Acquired by the present owner in 2014

展覽

The Hague, Van Voorst van Beest Gallery, Leo Gestel 1881-1941, 1989-90, n. n.
Laren, Singer Museum, Leo Gestel: Schilder en Tekenaar, 1993 - 94, no. 38, illustrated in the catalogue

相關資料

The Luminists, of whom Leo Gestel, Jan Sluijters and Piet Mondrian were the leading figures, strove for an intuitively atmospheric experience of their work, in which the perception of light was of the utmost importance. From the Netherlands, Gestel, along with Sluijters, was drawn to Paris at the turn of the century to witness and be a part of the French avant-garde pursuing the development of artistic modernism. Visiting the Parisian artistic hub various times between 1904 and 1911, Gestel was most inspired by the works of Seurat and Signac.

The present work is a wonderful example of Gestel’s Luminism. Fascinated about the life of the beau monde, the artist captures the moment when people file out of the theatre after a pleasant evening, congregating on the street to debrief about the prior production and to flaunt their fashionable coats and hats. The left part of the composition is bathed in warm light, highlighting the exit where the theatre-goers spill out into the dark streets. Gestel's Luminism is characterised by the juxtaposition of stark colours on the canvas, usually applied with small, sometimes coarser brush-strokes, as seen in the present lot Sortie de l'Opéra. The brisk, cold evening is skilfully conveyed by the contrast of the bright tones of the theatre with the darkness of the street to the right; the reflections of people’s feet in the glistening road instil the feeling that there had just been a downpour of rain. Gestel conjures a scene where the viewer can appreciate the sensory feelings that the people in the painting are experiencing; the high that ensues after a wonderful theatre production and the adjustment of walking out from a crowded stalls, into the cold, fresh air.

At this time, the artist societies played an important role in the diffusion of new developments in art in the Netherlands and it was the Amsterdam Society of St. Luke in particular that was prepared to open its doors to new ideas such as Amsterdam Luminism. Sortie de l'Opéra illustrates Gestel’s talent in depicting the modern Parisian atmosphere and exhibits his innovative painterly style.

印象派及現代藝術日拍

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