Sep 15, 2005 - Sale 2049

Sale 2049 - Lot 46

Price Realized: $ 9,200
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 8,000 - $ 12,000
L'evolution de homme cubiste.

Pencil with color pencils on cream wove paper, circa 1910-13. 296x210 mm; 115/8x81/4 inches. Titled and inscribed "facit à Paris pour M. Adele" in pencil, lower right verso. Ex-collection Galleria l'Obelisco, Rome, thence to the current private owner, New York.

La Fresnaye is an important but often overlooked Fauve and Cubist painter who worked during the first 2 decades of the 20th-century. He studied at the Académie Julian in 1906, but contact with the proto-Cubist works of Cézanne and early Cubist works by Picasso and Braque were decisive influences. By 1910 there was a strong Cubist element in his own work, strengthened by his friendship with Robert Delaunay.

He served in the French army in World War I until 1918, when he was gassed. He only partially recovered before his tragic and early demise in 1925.