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Exploring the École de Paris

11 May, 2018

Lots 1 to 111 in our upcoming Modern British and 20th Century Art sale take a broad look into the iconic École de Paris.

 

This collection of paintings and sculpture has been assembled by a collector in St John’s Wood, London in recent years. The collection was inspired by the artists of L’école de Paris or The School of Paris in the Montparnasse district.

 

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Georgi Alexandrovic Lapchine, A Parisian square in the sunshine. Estimate: £1500-2500

 

During the early 20th century many foreign-born artists migrated to Paris to immerse themselves in what was at the time the hub of modern art innovation and to gain inspiration from artists such as Picasso and Matisse who were considered the chief protagonists of L’école de Paris. It was not a single art movement or institution but encompassed many artistic movements including Fauvism, Le Nabis, Orphism, Expressionism, Surrealism, Cubism, Abstract Art, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism.

 

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Pau l Elie Gernez, Bouquet de fleurs. Estimate: £2000-3000

 

It was a term that loosely embraced a broad group of artists from many nationalities, principally from outside France who met in the Paris cafes, studios and salons between 1900 and 1940. Many of the artists were Jewish and they formed a subset known as the Jewish School of Paris - the term was sometimes used by French critics in a pejorative manner fueled by anti-semitism.

 

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Henri Hayden, Vat 69. Estimate: £2,000-3,000

 

Although L’école de Paris was open to a wide variety of styles, its artists generally turned towards the figurative rather than the abstract and these representations were often executed in a romantic and emotional style and this is borne out in many of the forthcoming lots from the collection. The use of colour was also explored in depth with the artists examining how colour might represent the emotions or how it could influence the viewer’s reaction to the work. This period of exploration through art in the heyday of L’école de Paris was drawn to a close by the Second World War.

 

 

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