23-016 De Stael “Le Lavandou” 1952 litho 1991


“Le Lavandou, Personnage sur la Plage” 1952 is an offset lithograph printed in the 1991 depicting a painting by Nicholas de Stael. 16×13 inches in matte white wood frame with a gray mat and UV acrylic glazing. Le Lavandou is a coastal village in the south of France. A similar painting is in the permanent collection of Centre Pompidou. This painting may be in a private collection.

From a Christies auction catalog: “Nicolas de Staël is widely regarded as one of the most important painters of the 1950s, his thickly-impastoed visions of the world around him played a pivotal role in the European post-War artistic landscape. Within a tragically short career spanning around 15 years, de Staël developed a unique idiom caught between abstract and figurative registers. Remaining conceptually independent from contemporary developments such as Abstract Expressionism and Tachisme, his works are defined by their juxtaposed slabs of colour, which seek to animate their subject through tensions in tone, form and texture.”

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