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Lot 442: Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979)

Est: £12,000 GBP - £15,000 GBPSold:
Christie'sJune 22, 2006London, United Kingdom

Item Overview


Etude pour le Bal Bullier
signed 'Sonia Delaunay' (lower right); dated and inscribed '1913 Paris' (lower left)
pastel on buff paper
12 x 7 3/4 in. (30.5 x 19.7 cm.)
Executed in 1913 in Paris

Artist or Maker


Buffalo, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Sonia Delaunay, A Retrospective, 1980, no. 49 (illustrated p. 141).
New York, Leonard Hutton Galleries, Sonia Delaunay, Works of the Teens and Twenties, April - May 1995, no. 3 (illustrated p. 17).


A.A. Cohen, Sonia Delaunay, New York, 1975, no. 69 (illustrated; titled Chanteuse de Flamencos).
D. Molinari, Robert et Sonia Delaunay, Paris, 1987, no. 99 (illustrated p. 72).


André Emmerich, New York, by whom acquired from the artist.
Mr Henry Reed, by whom acquired from the above in 1982; sale, Christie's, New York, 8 May 2002, lot 118.


The Bal Bullier was one of the most fashionable night-spots in Montparnasse. The hall attracted crowds of people who would come simply to dance the tango, a scandalous dance at the time. The present drawing is a study for one of the dancing couples who appear in the large mural painting of the same title (Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris).

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Auction Details

Impressionist and Modern Works on Paper

June 22, 2006, 12:00 AM EST

8 King Street, St. James's, London, LDN, SW1Y 6QT, UK