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Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979)

Etude pour le Bal Bullier

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Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979)
Etude pour le Bal Bullier
signed 'Sonia Delaunay' (lower right); dated and inscribed '1913 Paris' (lower left)
pastel on buff paper
12 x 7¾ in. (30.5 x 19.7 cm.)
Executed in 1913 in Paris
Provenance
André Emmerich, New York, by whom acquired from the artist.
Mr Henry Reed, by whom acquired from the above in 1982; sale, Christie's, New York, 8 May 2002, lot 118.
Literature
A.A. Cohen, Sonia Delaunay, New York, 1975, no. 69 (illustrated; titled Chanteuse de Flamencos).
D. Molinari, Robert et Sonia Delaunay, Paris, 1987, no. 99 (illustrated p. 72).
Exhibited
Buffalo, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Sonia Delaunay, A Retrospective, 1980, no. 49 (illustrated p. 141).
New York, Leonard Hutton Galleries, Sonia Delaunay, Works of the Teens and Twenties, April - May 1995, no. 3 (illustrated p. 17).
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Lot Essay

The Bal Bullier was one of the most fashionable night-spots in Montparnasse. The hall attracted crowds of people who would come simply to dance the tango, a scandalous dance at the time. The present drawing is a study for one of the dancing couples who appear in the large mural painting of the same title (Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris).

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