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    Sale 2166

    Impressionist and Modern Works on Paper

    7 May 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 136

    Pavel Tchelitchew (1898-1957)

    Leaf Children

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    Pavel Tchelitchew (1898-1957)
    Leaf Children
    signed and dated 'P. Tchelitchew. 1939.' (lower left)
    pen and black ink and colored pencils on paper
    11 x 8½ in. (27.9 x 21.6 cm.)
    Drawn in 1939


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    Erik La Prade has confirmed the authenticity of this work.

    In the late summer of 1938, Tchelitchew moved from Europe to Westport, Connecticut, where he lived for the next two years. Tchelitchew wrote, "In Connecticut, I was so much amazed by the splendor of the American autumn that my previous idea of hide-and-seek [sic] returned to my mind and I made innumerable sketches [sic] in gouache and colored ink of leaves. . . . I also painted a gouache of children playing blind man's bluff. In the shape of frozen oak leaves, I discerned the figures of children in fantastic garb" (quoted in J. Thrall Soby, Tchelitchew: Paintings, drawings, exh. cat., The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1942, p. 18).

    Provenance

    Private collection, New York (gift from the artist).
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, circa 1999.