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    Sale 5392

    Impressionist & Modern Art

    1 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 349

    Roger De La Fresnaye (1885-1925)

    Vaches dans un pré

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    Estimate

    Roger De La Fresnaye (1885-1925)
    Vaches dans un pré
    oil on board
    12½ x 15½in. (31.7 x 39.3cm.)
    Painted in 1909


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    Perhaps best known for his cubist work, Roger de la Fresnaye's 'Vaches dans un pré' is of an earlier period when the artist was looking more towards symbolism and the Nabis. The work is clearly related to a pencil study of a cow pasture executed in the artist's sketchbook from his trip to Brittany in June of 1909. The flattened perspective, much exaggerated in the final piece compared to the preparatory sketch which includes a band of sky, creates a decorative aesthetic and demonstrates the influence of Gaugin's work and that of Maurice Denis, who had a great impact on de la Fresnaye.

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    Provenance

    Collection Paul Chadoune, Garches
    Collection Mr and Mrs Germain Seligman, New York


    Literature

    G. Seligman, Roger de la Fresnaye with a catalogue raisonné, New York, 1969, no.12 (illustrated p.116)