Nicolas de STAËL (1914 - 1955)
"Villerville-sur-mer", oil on canvas, signed on the back and dated 1952
Junod Collection, bought in 1952/1955
Bought directly to the artist
Registered with the Staël Foundation, it will appear in the next catalog raisonné.
"With him, however, no unreason, no excess, if it is not that of his whole, passionate character.
He gradually gives up the easel near which he pinned a small reproduction of The Young Girl in the Turban by Vermeer, squats on the floor to better grasp life. Sometimes he laughs inwardly, thinking about Kandinsky when he said: "I can paint in a tuxedo!" He laughs when he sees himself on the ground, throwing an arm to the left to bring a bucket towards him, grabbing an already coarse brush on the right, which he quickly plunges into a bath of yellowed gasoline.
When he gets up, haggard, eaten away by "ants", his feet pricked with needles, his knees shaky, he snorts himself. Her espadrilles look like the picture of the day; his paint-stained pants would stand up. "
Extract from the book " Le Prince foudroyé "
The life of Nicolas de Staël
by Laurent Greilsamer