Andre Lhote (1885-1962)
Property from the Estate of Charles Evans
Andre Lhote (1885-1962)

La danse au bar (Gypsy Bar)

Andre Lhote (1885-1962)
La danse au bar (Gypsy Bar)
signed 'A. LHOTE' (upper left)
oil on canvas
56¾ x 68 5/8 in. (114.1 x 174.3 cm.)
Painted circa 1920-1925
Dr. Alfred Vogel, Aargau, Switzerland.
Private collection, Switzerland; sale, Christie's, London, 3 December 1996, lot 277.
Michelle Rosenfeld Gallery, New York (acquired at the above sale).
Acquired from the above by the late owner, 1997.
Paris, Musée national d'art moderne, André Lhote, October-December 1958, no. 45.
Switzerland, Aargauer Kunsthaus (on extended loan).
Sale room notice
Jean-François Aittouarès and Dominique Bermann-Martin have confirmed the authenticity of this painting.

Lot Essay

Lhote's formal identification with Cubism began in 1911 with his participation in the Salon d9Automne along with other innovative young artists such as Robert Delaunay, Jean Metzinger, and Fernand Liger, and was cemented in 1919 with his inclusion in the Salon de la Section d'Or. The present work, painted in the early 1920s, thus strongly reflects Lhote's goal to connect modern art with the great traditions of French painting. Indeed, the monumental size of the present lot clearly references the Academic tradition of large-scale history paintings while both its Jazz Age subject matter as well as formal cubist devices make it a thoroughly modern 20th Century painting.
Interestingly, Lhote's work differs from that of his contemporaries in his inclusion of realist elements such as stylizedyet clearly delineated representations of active persons, such as the musicians and revelers in La danse au bar (Gypsy Bar). This individual style imparts a decorative and dynamic surface to his cubist works. Here Lhote has also injected his lively composition of planes and angles with unabashedly vivacious colors, further conveying the decadence and modernity of the surroundings.

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