London, South Kensington
30 November 1992
Oscar Dominguez (1906-1958)
Les deux Voyantes
signed and dated lower right, Dominguez 45, signed again and inscribed on the reverse, DOMINGUEZ, 23 rue Campagne, 1er, PARIS (14),
oil on canvas
51 x 63½in. (129.5 x 161.3cm.)
Painted in 1945
Kazimier Zielenkiewicz (Caziel), the present owner's late husband, to whom given by Dominguez during the late 1940's.
Caziel, of Russian-Polish birth, moved to Paris after the war and rented a studio in the Avenue de Saxe from 1946. The two artists met and exchanged paintings at this time, when they were mixing in the same artistic circles.
In a letter dated Madrid, 22 October 1992, Ana Vazquez de Parga states that the description of this painting corresponds with the first work that the artist sent for exhibition at the Salon de Mai, in Paris.
During 1945 he also exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants and at an exhibition of contemporary Spanish art in Prague. He took part in the International Surrealist Exhibition in Brussels during the same year, but the influence of the Surrealists had begun to wane and by the end of 1945 he moved away from the group.
Les deux Voyantes is similar in style to other works that date between 1944 and 1949, which also depict women entangled in linear nets. Picasso was a dominating influence on Dominguez during these years, referred to as his "Picasiana" period and many stylistic comparisons can be found between Picasso's paintings dating from 1941 and Dominguez's work of the mid 1940's.
To be included in the Oscar Dominguez catalogue raisonné currently being prepared by Ana Vazquez de Parga
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