(Paris 1934 - Paris 2019)
Signed Szafran at the lower centre.
284 x 190 mm. (11 1/8 x 7 1/2 in.)
Drawn in 1980, the present sheet depicts one of Szafran’s favourite subjects; a staircase seen from above in steep perspectival foreshortening. The artist himself has noted that ‘The impression of the void, of vertigo, is the strongest sensation I have ever experienced. This can explain why my drawings always contain a hint of vertigo and that often, in front of my subject, I’m terrified by the calling of the void.’
A closely related drawing, of smaller dimensions, was one of several works by Szafran in the collection of Jacques and Anne Kerchache and was sold at auction in Paris in 2010. A much larger pastel of the same staircase, dating from 1981, is in the collection of the Musée national d’Art moderne at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.
Galerie Nathalie Seroussi, Paris
Private collection, Paris, until 2012.