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Georges Valmier (1885 - 1937)

Lot 478: GEORGES VALMIER

Sotheby's

February 9, 2005
London, United Kingdom

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Description

Painted in 1919.

signed G. Valmier (lower right)

oil on canvas

Dimensions

54 by 34cm., 21 1/4 by 13 3/8 in.

Date

1885-1937

Literature

Denise Bazetoux, Georges Valmier Catalogue raisonné, Paris, 1993, no. 632, illustrated p. 175

Provenance

Sale: Kunsthaus Lempertz, Cologne, 21st November 1992, lot 397
Purchased at the above sale by the present owner

Notes

Trained at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1906 to 1910, Georges Valmier was introduced to the Cubist movement by his close friend and fellow artist Albert Gleizes. Finding inspiration in Picasso's and Braque's Cubist paintings and assemblages, he began experimenting with small gouaches and collages of overlapping planes of colour. By 1919, the year Composition was painted, his delicate pieces had evolved into larger, richly coloured canvases of interlocking forms.

In 1920, Léonce Rosenberg took Valmier under his wing and exhibited his work in his Galerie L'Effort moderne, alongside paintings and sculpture by Gris, Gleizes, Metzinger and Léger. In the bulletin published by the gallery in February 1926 Valmier explained: 'With the current plastic expressions, colour takes on its true meaning, its own life. Colour is the substance which is destined to express the intellect'.

Denise Bazetoux comments: 'Although we refuse to group him among the followers, it seems correct to say that Valmier links himself more and more to the artistic trend stemming directly from Cubism, which privileges surfaces of uniform color combined with geometric forms resulting eventually in abstraction' (D. Bazetoux, op. cit., p. 22).

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