Jean Metzinger Catalogue Raisonné

Number: AM-35-006 Jean Metzinger

Date: 1935 (circa)

Title: Yachting

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 116 x 89 cm

Inscriptions: Signed (lower right)

Provenance: G. J. Nieuwenhuizen Segaar, The Hague, Netherlands.

Jan Nieuwenhuizen Segaar, Galerie Nova Spectra, The Hague, Netherlands.

Tannenbaum.

Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., 18 May 1960, lot 107.

Private collection.

Sotheby’s, New York, 18 May 1990, lot 404.

Exhibitions: Nieuwe Aanwinsten (New Acquisitions), Een prachtwerk door Metzinger (A beautiful work by Metzinger), Kunsthandel G.J. Nieuwenhuizen Segaar, The Hague, October 1936.

Kunstzaal Pictura, Den Haag (?), Groningen (?), Netherlands, 1937

Literature: Jos. de Gruyter, Het Vaderland: staat- en letterkundig nieuwsblad, Nieuwe Aanwinsten, Een prachtwerk door Metzinger, Kunsthandel G.J. Nieuwenhuizen Segaar, The Hague, 6 October 1936.

Nieuwsblad van Het Noorden, Pictura, Groningen, 28 January 1937,  p. 10.

Notes: Nudity in Metzinger’s art—a recurring theme throughout his career—had reflected social norms or standards of aesthetics, modesty and morality of their time in painting. His nudes of the 1930s, such as found in Yachting, conveyed both elegance and sophistication. Metzinger’s work of this period represented the ultimate transformation of matter into pure form; one that rather than provoking action encouraged contemplation, even admiration.

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