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  • Provenance

    Succession Antonio Saura
    Private Collection, Spain
    Private Collection, Switzerland
    Private Collection

  • Exhibited

    Saint-Paul de Vence, Foundation Maeght, Le Nu au XXe Siècle, 4 July - 30 October 2000, no. 140, pp. 232-233, 275 (illustrated, p. 233)
    Madrid, Galerie Marlborough, Antonio Saura, 25 May - 25 June 2005
    Cologne, Galerie Boisserée, Antonio Saura - "Damas-party", 28 October - 1 November 2005

  • Literature

    Antonio Saura and Jacques Henric, eds., Erotica, Milan, 2008, no. 120, pp. 203, 299 (illustrated, p. 203)

  • Catalogue Essay

    'Saura's portraits are dissolved into wild shapes and violently convulsive movements. It is as though the inner life of the facial traits had been brought to melting point by some volcanic force. Saura concentrates the destructive energies by leaving the background of the picture flat and untouched...Light and dark patches collide with each other seem to discharge their contradictory energy in an explosion.' - Siegfried Gohr in: Antonio Saura, exh. cat., Lugano, Museo d'Arte Moderna, 1994, pp. 56-58

117

Grand Nu

signed and dated 'Saura '59' upper left of the upper element
oil on canvas, diptych
overall 194 x 195 cm (76 3/8 x 76 3/4 in.)
Painted in 1959.

Estimate
£120,000 - 180,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £187,500

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 26 June 2018