Etude pour La conquête de l'air
signed 'R de la Fresnaye' (lower right)
pen and black ink on paper
12 5/8 x 10 1/8 in. (32.1 x 25.7 cm.)
Drawn in 1913
Artist or Maker
Roger de la Fresnaye (1885-1925)
The Art Institute of Chicago, Graphic Modernism, Selections from the Francey and Dr. Marin L. Gecht Collection, November 2003-January 2004, p. 77, no. 64 (illustrated in color).
André Lefevre, Paris.
B.C. Holland, Inc., Chicago.
Acquired from the above by the present owner, 1994.
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De la Fresnaye executed this drawing as a study for the first version of La conquête de l'air, painted in 1913 (Seligman, no. 135; private collection). The scene recounts the artist's conversations about aeronautics with his brother Henri, who was the director of the Nieuport airplane factory in Issy-les-Moulineaux, near Paris. The third figure at right was eliminated from the second version of this subject (Seligman, no. 136; private collection) and the version définitif, also painted in 1913 (Seligman, no. 137; The Museum of Modern Art, New York).