Augustin Lesage (1876-1954)
Augustin Lesage (1876-1954)

Untitled, 1945

Augustin Lesage (1876-1954)
Untitled, 1945
signed and dated A. Lesage 194[5] lower right
oil on canvas
57 ½ x 79 ½ in.
Descended in the family of the artist
Acquired from the above circa 1965
Annick Notter et al., Augustin Lesage 1876-1954 (Paris, 1988), pp. 183, 212.
Marie-Christine Victor, Augustin Lesage: Pientre-médium (Cahors, 1970), p. 85.
Arras, France, Musee des Beaux-Arts; Bethune, France, Musee de l'hotel de Beaulaincourt; Lausanne; Florence; and Cairo, Augustin Lesage, 1876-1954, 15 October 1988 - autumn 1989.
Villeneuve d'Ascq, France, LaM - Lille Métropole Musée d'art moderne, d'art contemporain et d'art brut, extended loan.

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Lot Essay

In 1912, coal miner Augustin Lesage was compelled “by powerful spirits” to paint and draw. Over the subsequent four decades, he created an astounding body of work featuring symmetrical, highly-detailed paintings that combine Ancient Egyptian motifs, architectural imagery, and mediumistic repetition. Untitled is a wonderful example of Lesage’s large-scale abstracted compositions, and its bright, detailed patterns evoke an almost meditative state within the viewer and hint at Lesage’s role as a medium as well as an artist.

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