Frantisek KUPKA (Opocno 1871 - Puteaux 1957)


Watercolour, pencil and gouache on paper.
Signed Kupka in the lower right margin.
277 x 251 mm. (10 7/8 x 9 7/8 in.) [sheet]


This vivid watercolour may be loosely associated with an important series of pastels, gouaches and watercolours generally entitled Autour d’un point (or Around a Point), which Kupka produced at various times between 1911 and 1930, but with particular emphasis in the 1920’s. The artist’s study of the theme of universal gravitation is vividly expressed in these works on paper, with the spiralling motion of the forms further reflecting his interest in the dynamic forces and rhythms of movement in space. The only painting in the Autour d’un point series is a very large canvas, painted between 1925 and 1930 and reworked around 1934, in the collection of the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris.

The present sheet is accompanied by a photo-certificate from Pierre Brullé, who dates the drawing to c.1925.

Frantisek KUPKA



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