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  • Provenance

    Arndt & Partner, Berlin/Zurich

  • Exhibited

    Berlin, Arndt & Parner, Jules de Balincourt – Accidental Tourism and The Art of Forgetting, 21 January – 18 March, 2006

  • Catalogue Essay

    Known for his use of bright colour and characteristically refined naïveté, the present lot is a prime example of the artist’s newer body of work, in which he distances himself from American political and historical themes. In this series, Balincourt introduces outlandish scenarios, depicting locations from Berlin and other places which have been discovered by his European travelling, ‘accidental tourist’. Interestingly, Balincourt, although documenting his subject’s travels, does not convey the sense of the work being a documentary painting. Instead, Balincourt is figuratively presenting a fictional narrative, which is unique to each work through his varying use of style, often fusing the realms of reality and the realm of dreams. With his dramatic perspective and panorama like depth, Untitled (Accidental Tourism and the Art of Forgetting) is a powerful example of the artist’s broad range of motifs and formal differences which constitute his paintings and underline his relaxed and unique painterly style.

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Untitled (Accidental Tourism and the Art of Forgetting)

2006
Oil on panel.
110 x 130 cm. (43 1/4 x 51 1/8 in).

Estimate
£90,000 - 120,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £108,500

Contemporary Art Evening Sale

28 Feb 2008, 7pm
London