Nature morte aux fruits. Um 1954. Oil on canvas. Lower left signed. 18.5 x 27 cm (7.2 x 10.6 in). [CH].
• The still lifes in particular occupy a prominent position in the artist's oeuvre. • Further works from the artist's late creative period can be found at, among others, the Museum of Modern Art, New York. • His later still lifes are more intimate and reserved. • With fine shading, a reduced color palette and a radical simplification of the formal vocabulary, the artist gives the traditional subject of the fruit still life a very own, characteristic visual language.
The painting will be included into the forthcoming addenda of the catalog raisonneé compiled by Dr. Quentin Laurens, Paris.
PROVENANCE: Collection Fenwick, Paris (until 1964, Palais Galliéra, Paris, December 3, 1964, lot 7). Collection Prof. René Küss, Paris (acquired from the above in 1964, until 2006). Galerie Salis & Vertes, Salzburg. Private collection Southern Germany (acquired from the above in 2008).
EXHIBITION: Un siècle de peinture, Société des Artistes Honfleurais, Grenier à Sel, Honfleur, July to September 2001, p. 50 (with color illu.).
LITERATURE: Christie's, Paris, 5496th auction, Collection du Professeur René Kuss. Tableaux Impressionnistes et Modernes, December 1, 2006, lot 330. Christie's, New York, Impressionist and Modern Day Sale, May 7, 2008, lot 372.