• The Steven A Greenberg Collect auction at Christies

    Sale 2651

    The Steven A Greenberg Collection Masterpieces of French Art Deco

    12 - 13 December 2012, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 10

    JEAN DUPAS (1882-1964)

    PROJECT FOR XVME SALON DES ARTISTES DECORATEURS, 1924

    Price Realised  

    JEAN DUPAS (1882-1964)
    PROJECT FOR XVme SALON DES ARTISTES DECORATEURS, 1924
    gouache, Conté crayon and charcoal on paper, with silvered wood frame
    29½ x 28 in. (75 x 71 cm.) sight size
    signed Jean Dupas 1924


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    This picture is the definitive image created by Jean Dupas for the XVme Salon des Artistes Décorateurs, staged in the Grand Palais in 1924. The image represents two contrasted young beauties, who might be interpreted as illustrative of Woman, past and future. One, full-face, has a dreamy gaze and holds a rose; her black hair is coiffed in a high, elaborated style evocative of the wigs of the late 18th century. The second woman is smiling; her boyish blonde hair flows freely in the breeze; she holds an apple. The geometric reduction of their features, their elongated necks and angular, stylized fingers are the perfect distillation of the Dupas style - one that certain detractors playfully qualified as 'tubiste'.

    This work will be included in the Jean Dupas catalogue raisonné currently being prepared by Romain Lefebvre.

    Provenance

    Barry Friedman, New York.


    Literature

    E. Bréon and R. Pepall, Ruhlmann: Genius of Art Deco, exhibition catalogue, Musée des Années 30, The Montreal Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Paris, 2004, p. 297, cat no. 71.


    Exhibited

    New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Ruhlmann: Genius of Art Deco, June - September 2004.