Mira Schendel - Wired: Online Auction London Wednesday, April 12, 2023 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Ronie Mesquita Galeria, Rio de Janeiro
    Giordello & Gobbi Escritório de Arte, São Paulo, 13 December 2011, lot 142
    Private Collection (acquired at the above sale)
    Phillips de Pury & Company, New York, 22 May 2012, lot 70
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Artist Biography

    Mira Schendel

    Brazilian • 1919 - 1988

    Born in Zurich and of Jewish heritage, Mira Schendel escaped Switzerland during World War II to settle in Sarajevo and Rome, finally immigrating to Brazil in 1953. In the 1960s, she began to produce her iconic monotipas, delicate drawings on luminescent rice paper. She rejected the notion of painting as a primary medium, abandoning the genre in the 1970s for almost a decade. Schendel worked mostly with paper and objects made of unusual materials such as Plexiglas, fabrics and aqueous inks.

    Recurring themes in her work include letters, geometric figures and phrases reflecting a radical lexicon, often juxtaposing elements from two languages (visual and numerical). Many of her works hover in the space between drawing and writing, creating a certain visual poetry that is completely her own. Schendel's works go beyond the materiality of making art and allow viewers to understand the relationship between language, time and human thought processes.

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Property from the Collection of Jimmy Belilty



signed and dated 'Mira, 79' lower right of the right part
Indian ink and Letraset on paper, diptych
each 32.5 x 21.5 cm (12 3/4 x 8 1/2 in.)
framed 38.5 x 47.5 cm (15 1/8 x 18 3/4 in.)

Executed in 1979.

£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £12,700

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Wired: Online Auction

12 - 19 April 2023