ANDRÉ LHOTE (1885-1962)
ANDRÉ LHOTE (1885-1962)
ANDRÉ LHOTE (1885-1962)
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ANDRÉ LHOTE (1885-1962)

Nu Baroque

ANDRÉ LHOTE (1885-1962)
Nu Baroque
signed 'A.LHOTE' (lower right)
oil on canvas
26 x 53 5/8 in. (66 x 136.2 cm.)
Painted in 1919
Kunstsalon Wolfsberg, Zurich.
Hanauer et Witchi, by whom acquired from the above, in 1930.
Émile Vogel, Switzerland.
Private collection, Switzerland; sale, Christie's, London, 7 February 2007, lot 419.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
R. Brielle, André Lhote, Paris, 1931, pl. 6 (illustrated).
É. Joseph, Dictionnaire biographique des artistes contemporains, vol. II, Paris, 1931, p. 392.
P. Courthion & J. Cocteau, A. Lhote, Paris, 1958.
Paris, Galerie Paul Rosenberg, André Lhote, June - July 1921, no. 5.
Vienna, Künstlerhaus, Franzo¨sische Kunst der Gegenwart, March - April 1926, no. 104.
Zurich, Kunstsalon Wolfsberg, Exposition d'art français, April - May 1930.
Paris, Musée national d’art moderne, Rétrospective André Lhote, October - December 1958, no. 46 (illustrated).
Belgrade, National Museum, André Lhote et ses élèves yougoslaves, 1974, no. 33 (illustrated).
Gréoux-les-Bains, Office du tourisme, Laure Garcin, June - September 1992 (illustrated).
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Dominique Bermann Martin and the late Jean-François Aittouarès have confirmed the authenticity of this work.

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Lot Essay

Nu baroque is an early example of André Lhote's mastery as a painter of female nudes. The imposing figure in the present composition is set against a richly worked, colourful background which the artist himself titled 'baroque', perfectly describing the intricacy of lines and planes that create the beautiful volumes of the drapery. The austere expression of the woman and her dark, blocky hair add to the cubist atmosphere of the painting, whose elongated landscape format and large scale make it all the more impressive.

Born in Bordeaux in 1885, Lhote had his first solo show in Paris in November 1910. With his works exhibited in the milieu of Cubism, he became the regular art critic for the Nouvelle Revue Française from 1919, the year Nu baroque was painted, and, in 1925, he opened his own academy to consolidate a career as an esteemed pedagogue, whose atelier instruction guided numerous artists in their early years. Initially influenced by the post-Impressionistic works of Paul Gauguin and Paul Ce´zanne, Lhote later fell into the influential Parisian Cubist Group known as the Section d'Or, which included Marcel Duchamp, Jean Metzinger, and the poet Guillaume Apollinaire.

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