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    FRANTIŠEK KUPKA (Czech, 1871-1957)
    Polaire, 1919-21
    Gouache and watercolor over a preliminary drawing in black chalk
    12-3/4 x 11-1/8 inches (32.4 x 28.3 cm)
    Signed in pencil lower left: Kupka

    Royal S. Marks Gallery, New York, stock no. 254 (label verso).

    Galerie Karl Flinker, Paris, May-June 1960;
    Galerie Charles Lienhard, Zurich, March 1961;
    Gallery Royal S. Marks, New York, 1961.

    L. Vachtova, Frank Kupka. Pioneer of Abstract Art, New York and Toronto, 1968, p. 207, illus. black and white, cat. no. 266, p. 310.

    This dynamic painting in gouache relates closely to a series of larger-scale oil paintings entitled Cosmic Spring (National Gallery, Prague) which were breakthrough works in Kupka's career as a pioneering abstractionist. In this work and others dating from the mid-1910s through the early 1920s, the Czech modernist became dazzled by the phenomenon of nature's energy. By the mid-1920s, this interest shifted from nature's energy into an intense exploration of the energy generated by machines.

    Condition Report*: Pin holes in four corners, paper is mounted along the perimeter only to a second piece of paper which is mounted to a cardboard backing, some minor losses in the white gouache only, otherwise good condition. 
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    May, 2008
    8th Thursday
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