Aug 19, 2021 - Sale 2578

Sale 2578 - Lot 23

Price Realized: $ 2,250
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,000 - $ 3,000


Group of 3 Studies.
Each pen and ink on paper, circa 1938. Study for the Portrait of Ava Alice Muriel Astor, double sided. 360x190 mm; 14 1/8x7 1/2 inches. Study for the oil on canvas, sold Christie's, London, June 2, 2019, lot 99 * Male Costume Designs / Set Design, double sided. 215x280 mm; 8 1/2x11 inches * Studies of Woman with a Mirror. 215x280 mm; 8 1/2x11 inches.

Provenance: Estate of the artist; Collection of Lincoln Kirstein, New York; inherited by (Alexander) Jensen Yow, New York; private collection, New York.

Additional Details

Pavel Tchelitchew was a Russian surrealist painter as well as a set and costume designer. Tchelitchew and his partner Charles Henri Ford were part of a New York circle of queer artists and writers during the mid-20th century. He designed sets for ballets, including for works by George Balanchine and Igor Stravisnky, and his paintings are held by institutions such as the museum of Modern Art, New York and the National Gallery of Art in London, among others.