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Lot 3808 - S16 Modern & Contemporary Art Compulsory auction -


(Pont-sur-Sambre in France 1889 - 1952 Becon les Bruyeres)
Bretonnes. 1913.
Oil on canvas.
Monogrammed upper right: A.F.MD, as well as signed and dated lower right: A.F.MAC-DelMarle/1913.
On the reverse signed, dated and titled: A. F. Mac-Delmarle / „Bretonnes“ / 1913.
116 x 89 cm.

- Private collection France, received as a gift directly from the artist.
- Hotel Drouot, Paris, auction 25 June 1990, lot 191.
- Collection Elisabeth and Alfred Hoh, Fürth, aquiredat the above auction.
- Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nuremberg, on loan (collection Hoh) from 1995-2008.
- Christie's, London, auction 25 June 2008, lot 420.
- Private property Switzerland, aquired at the above auction.

Exhibition: Altenburg 1998, Internationale Sprachen der Kunst: Gemälde, Zeichnungen und Skulpturen der Klassischen Moderne aus der Sammlung Hoh, Lindenau-Museum, August - October 1998, no. 14, p. 51 (with ill.); this exhibition was travelling to: Osnabrück, Kulturgeschichtliches Museum, Felix-Nussbaum-Haus, 14 February - 30 May 1999; Dortmund, Museum am Ostwall, December 1999 - 13 February 2000; Nuremberg, Germanisches Nationalmuseum, 6 March - 9 July 2000.

Literature: Peters, U/ Ledge, A.: Kulturgeschichtliche Spaziergänge im Germanischen Nationalmuseum, Moderne Zeiten, die Sammlung zum 20. Jahrhundert, vol. III, Nuremberg 2000, p. 72 (with ill.).

For a short period of two to three years, Félix del Marle belonged to the Futurist group, making him the only Frenchman to join the ranks of the Italian Futurists as a full member. Del Marle was particularly influenced by his time in Paris, not only by the Cubists, but also through his contact with Gino Severini, with whom he shared a studio where he became familiar with the ideals of Futurism.

The present work was produced in 1913, Del Marle’s first year in Paris. In “Bretonnes” the artist creates a dynamic abstraction of a church interior. The scene shows a group of Breton women praying for their lost sons and husbands. A sense of power and movement is created by breaking the materiality of solid forms through fractured, multiplied planes, as well as the use of diagonal lines and the introduction of prism-like distortions. This large-scale work, which completely follows the principles of Futurism, thus presents a wonderful example of the period and the talent of its creator.

Minimum hammer price
CHF 35 500 (€ 31 140)