Zoum WALTER (1902 - 1974)

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Pastel on dark blue-grey paper.
Signed with initials and dated Z.W. / 70. at the lower right.
Stamped with the vente stamp on the verso.
321 x 289 mm. (12 5/8 x 11 3/8 in.) [sheet]

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Zoum Walter had a particular affinity for the medium of pastel, which accounts for much of her finest work. She seems to have begun experimenting with the pastels she found in her father’s studio as a young child, with her first works in the technique dating from around 1916, and her love of the medium never left her. As she later recalled, in an interview of 1965, ‘There was, I think, an immediate harmony between pastel and myself. Its matte substance, its colours both powerful and straightforward, soft in their sharpness, its consistency and, knowing it so well after countless exercises, the speed and surety of its application, all contribute, I hope, to the freedom and unity that I love.’

Provenance:
The vente Zoum Walter, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 16 October 2006, lot 234.

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