Nicolas de Staël (1914-1955)
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Nicolas de Staël (1914-1955)


Nicolas de Staël (1914-1955)
signed and dated 'Staël 44' (lower right)
oil on canvas
31¾ x 45¾in. (81 x 116.3cm.)
Painted in 1944
Private Collection, Paris (1944).
Anon. sale, Palais d'Orsay Paris, 26 June 1979, lot 106.
Mr and Mrs Lansberg, France.
Anon. sale, Drouot Paris, 17 June 1985, lot 47.
Anon. sale, Enghien, 21 June 1988, lot lot 77.
Anon. sale, Est-Ouest Auctions Tokyo, 31 January 1991.
Private Collection, Tokyo.
Acquired from above by the present owner in the 1990s.
M. S. Dall'Oglio, 'Mostre Torinesi: Nicolas de Staël', in Letteratura, no. 43-45, Turin, January-June 1960, p. 316.
D. Cooper, Nicolas de Staël, London 1961, p. 12.
J. Dubourg and F. de Staël, Nicolas de Staël, catalogue raisonné des peintures, Paris 1968, no. 19 (illustrated, p. 62).
B. Majewska, Sztuka Inna-Sztuka ta sama, Dubuffet, de Staël, Wols, Pollock, Warsaw 1974, no. 23.
F. de Staël, Nicolas de Staël, Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint, Neuchâtel 1997, no. 27 (illustrated, p. 187).
Paris, Musée national d'art moderne, Nicolas de Staël 1914-1955, 1956, no. 12, p. 16.
London, Whitechapel Art Gallery, Nicolas de Staël 1914-1955, 1956, no. 6 (illustrated, p. 15).
Arles, Musée Réattu, Nicolas de Staël 1914-1955, 1958, no. 5.
Turin, Galleria Civica d'Arte Moderna, Nicolas de Staël, 1960, no. 5 (illustrated, p. 35).

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Lot Essay

'de Staël nurtured within himself the vision of a reality which he had not only perceived, but had experienced so deeply that it became an integral part of him. It was from this ordered vision that he drew the materials for his painting, wholly transforming them in the process. This was not a question of simply transposing forms; rather it was a translation of human experience in all of its diversity into another mode a pictorial mode. This was managed so successfully that the paintings, in their organic unity, were able to confront the world of natural objects and still preserve their own identity'
(R. V. Gindertael, 'Introduction', De Staël, exh. cat., Rotterdam, Zurich, Boston, Chicago & New York 1965, unpaged).

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