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    Sale 2773

    Twentieth Century Art

    4 December 2007, Amsterdam

  • Lot 49

    Paul Citroen (DUTCH, 1896-1983)

    Composition

    Price Realised  

    Paul Citroen (DUTCH, 1896-1983)
    Composition
    signed 'Citroen' (lower left), and signed again and dated '1922' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    66 x 45.5 cm.


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    From 1917 until 1920 Paul Citroen was an active member of the Dada movement in Berlin. There he found himself in the circle of Georg Grosz, John Heartfield, Raoul Haussmann and poet Johannes Baader. In 1920 Paul Citroen said goodbye to Dada, admitting that, although he was born in Berlin, he has always been the odd man out. Dada's cynicism was in the end not his thing. From 1922 on he found his goals in Weimar, were he studied at Bauhaus until 1925. The present lot Composition came into being during this period and shows all the characteristics of an true Bauhaus expression of balanced abstraction and free improvisation.

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    Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist by the previous owner.