5 February 2008
THE PROPERTY OF AN IMPORTANT EUROPEAN COLLECTOR
Paul Delvaux (1879-1994)
Phryné devant les juges
signed, inscribed and dated 'ST IDESBALD 13-7-63 P.DELVAUX' (lower right)
watercolour, pen and India ink, wash and white gouache on paper
18 1/8 x 14 7/8 in. (46 x 37.9 cm.)
Executed in July 1963
Mme Scheidweiler, Brussels.
Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 30 April 1999, lot 128.
Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, London, 21 October 2003, lot 77.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
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Brussels, Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Ixelles, Paul Delvaux au Musée d'Ixelles 1967 (Peintures, Dessins, Aquarelles et Lithographies), November - December 1967, no. 93 (illustrated).
Cologne, Belgisches Haus, Aquarelles et Dessins, 1968.
Charles van Deun has confirmed the authenticity of this work.
This work is closely related to a large oil of the same date, entitled Phyrné (Butor, Clair & Houbart-Wilkin, no. 283).
(fig. 1) Paul Delvaux, Phryné (detail), 1963. Private collection.
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