Size: 22.5 x 31 inches
Artist: de Stael, Nicolas
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About The Poster: Owning this gallery has given me the opportunity to learn about some artists I have never heard of before. Like this one:
Nicolas de Staël (January 5, 1914, Saint Petersburg – March 16, 1955, Antibes) (French nationality, of Russian origin) was a painter known for his highly abstract landscape painting. His painting style is characterized by a thick impasto showing traces of the brush and the palette knife, and by a division of the canvas into numerous zones of color (especially blues, reds and whites)
In 1950 he had a one-man exhibition at the Galerie Jacques Dubourg in Paris and Schempp introduced de Staël's paintings to New York, with a private exhibition at his Upper East Side apartment. He sold several paintings to important collectors including Duncan Phillips of the Phillips Collection. He had considerable success in the United States, and England in the early 1950s. In 1950 Leo Castelli organized a group exhibition at the Sidney Janis Gallery in New York City that included him. In 1952, He had one-man exhibitions in London, Montevideo, and in Paris. In March 1953, he had his first official one-man exhibition at M. Knoedler & Co. in New York City. The show was both a commercial and critical success. In 1953 he had an exhibition at the Phillips Gallery in Washington DC, (known today as The Phillips Collection in Washington DC) and they acquired two more of his canvasses.
De Staël 's work was quickly recognized within the post-war art world, and he became one of the most influential artists of the 1950s. However, he moved away from abstraction in his later paintings, seeking a more "French" lyrical style, returning to representation (seascapes, footballers, jazz musicians, seagulls) at the end of his life. His return to imagery during the early 1950s can be seen as an influential precedent for the American Bay Area Figurative Movement, as many of those abstract painters made a similar move; returning to imagery during the mid-1950s. His most well-known late paintings of beaches and landscapes are dominated by the sky and effects of light.
Much of de Staël 's late work predicts Color field painting and Lyrical Abstraction of the 1960s and 1970s, a direction of much of contemporary painting that came after him including Pop Art of the 1960s.
From a private collection.