Amelia Peláez - 20th C. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session New York Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Galerie ZAK, Paris
    Ramón Cernuda and Nercys Ganem, Miami
    Christie's, New York, November 23, 1993, lot 59
    Private Collection
    Christie's, New York, November 21, 2002, lot 79
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Paris, Galerie ZAK, Amelia Peláez del Casal, April 28 - May 12, 1933
    Miami, InterAmerican Art Gallery, Miami-Dade Community College, Twentieth Century Cuban Art from the Collection of Ramón Cernuda & Nercys Ganem, February 5 - March 30, 1988, no. 32, p. 28
    Miami, The Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture, Amelia Peláez, 1896-1968: A Retrospective, Una Retrospectiva, July 15 - August 15, 1988, no. 7, p. 106 (illustrated, p. 31)

  • Artist Biography

    Amelia Peláez

    Cuban • 1896 - 1968

    Amelia Peláez, one of the most prominent Cuban avant-garde artists, studied at the Academia de San Alejandro in Havana. She was part of the first wave of Cuban artists living in Europe before World War II. In Paris, she witnessed the development of Cubism as well as other European art movements that would later inform her complex personal aesthetic of simplified forms and bold colors.

    With the decline of the sugar boom, Peláez returned to Cuba and laid the foundation for Cuban modernism by introducing artistic innovations. Her mature works are composed of brightly hued, quasi-abstract compositions that often depict unique domestic and architectural settings. Peláez was undeniably inspired by her surroundings in Cuba, where she continued to live until her death.

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signed "A. Peláez" upper right
oil on canvas
31 1/2 x 22 1/2 in. (80 x 57.2 cm.)
Painted in 1930.

$60,000 - 80,000 

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20th C. & Contemporary Art Day Sale, Morning Session

New York Auction 13 November 2019