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    Sale 12294

    Impressionist & Modern Art

    24 June 2016, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 89

    Milan Laluha (1930-2013)

    Trees and houses

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    Milan Laluha (1930-2013)
    Trees and houses
    signed and dated 'MLaluha65' (lower right)
    pencil on paper
    28 1/8 x 20 in. (71.5 x 50.7 cm.)
    Executed in 1965

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    ERIC ESTORICK, who founded the Grosvenor Gallery in London in the early 1960s, is famously connected with the Italian Futurist movement and, indeed, works from his private collection now form the renowned Estorick Collection in Canonbury, London, which is widely considered to be the finest collection of such works outside Italy.

    Perhaps less well known today is his deep-seated interest in the Avant-garde as a whole and the significant role he played in the 1960s in raising awareness of both Russian and Czech Avant-Garde and Nonconformist art. Although he was born in New York and moved to London after World War II, Estorick’s family roots nevertheless lay in Russia and it was perhaps this connection which led him to make no less than 14 visits to the Soviet Union between 1960 and 1964 as well as visiting Prague in 1965, with the aim of building bridges between East and West.

    The fruit of these trips was a series of exhibitions of Russian art at the Grosvenor Gallery beginning in 1962 with Two Decades of Experiment in Russian Art, 1902-22 which was followed in 1964 by Aspects of Contemporary Soviet Art. On his Prague visit Estorick expanded his collection into Czech art, buying significantly from Emil Gutfreund, brother of the artist Otto. The Grosvenor Gallery featured Otto Gutfreund in several exhibitions in the following years and in June 1965 hosted the artist’s first solo exhibition outside of Czechoslovakia.

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    Eric Estorick [Grosvenor Gallery], London, by whom acquired directly from the artist in the 1960s.

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    Pre-Lot Text



    Cardiff, Contemporary Art Society for Wales, Gutfreund, Janec?ek and others, January 1985, no. 45; this exhibition later travelled to Wrexham, Library Arts Centre and Swansea, Taliesin Centre for the Arts.