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Alexander Archipenko (1887-1964)
Couple dansant
coloured crayon, wash and collage on paper laid down on card
12.3/8 x 8.5/8 in. (31,5 x 22 cm.)
Executed circa 1912
Provenance
Pavel Antovolsky, Moscow
Irena Antovolsky, Tel Aviv
Acquired from the above by the present owner

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Sold with a photo-certificate from Frances Gray Archipenko, the artist's widow, dated 28 May 1996.

Archipenko has explained that he found these spontaneous sketchlike first drafts in collage ideal for clarifying compositions. One can readily understand this mechanism when closely studying his early works in this medium. In the present example, the areas represented by the cut-out collage elements stand out boldly as designated masses against the background. These areas are "modelled" with simplified tones of red-brown chalk and crayon into shapes reminiscent of tubular or bent sheet metal. Sold with a photo-certificate from Frances Gray Archipenko, the artist's widow, dated 28 May 1996.
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