La gare inondée (The Flooded Station)

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La gare inondée (The Flooded Station)
Maria Helena Vieira da Silva - La gare inondée (The Flooded Station) -reduced 300px.jpg
Artist Maria Helena Vieira da Silva
Year 1956
Catalogue GW and J-FJ 1407
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions 113.4 cm × 146 cm (44.6 in × 57 in)
Location Private Collection

La gare inondée (The Flooded Station) is an oil on canvas painting by the Portuguese-French artist Maria Helena Vieira da Silva that she executed in 1956. It was to be auctioned at Christie's, London, on 13 February 2014, when it was expected to fetch between £350,000 and £450,000, but was withdrawn.[1]

Description[edit]

Detail showing da Silva's dense mesh of lines and marks.

The painting is typical of da Silva's 1950s work that define her oeuvre and which paralleled the development of abstract expressionism in America at the same time. However da Silva's work differs from that movement in her treatment of space. She sought to free herself from the constraint of linear perspective, achieving in her mature work a sense of space with a dense mesh of lines and marks set against a background of flecks of color varying in intensity of tone.[1][2]

Provenance[edit]

  • The Artist.
  • Mrs. Arpad Szenes, Paris.
  • Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisbon.
  • Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris.
  • Denise Cadé Gallery, New York.
  • Acquired from the above by the present owner in circa 1985.

References[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Sale 1510 Lot 45". Christie's. Archived from the original on 10 February 2014.
  2. ^ "Your paintings". BBC.

Bibliography[edit]

G. Weelen and J.-F. Jaeger, Vieira da Silva Catalogue raisonné, Geneva 1994, no. 1407 (illustrated, p. 279).

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