14 September 2005
Pavel Tchelitchew (1898-1957)
signed 'P. Tchelitchew' (lower left); inscribed, signed again and dated 'To Nicholas first costume for him Tchelitchew May 1942' (lower right)
gouache and pen and India ink on paper
14 x 11 in. (35.6 x 27.9 cm.)
Painted in May 1942
Nick Magallanes, New York (gift from the artist).
By descent from the above to the present owner.
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On 6 and 7 of December Christie’s will offer almost 400 lots from a collection that includes works by Hals, Van Dyck, Leyster, Snyders and Jan Brueghel the Elder
Offered to benefit a new scholarship initiative from Bennington College, this work distils the unique form of abstraction for which the artist would become famous