Composition

Theo van Doesburg (Christian Emil Marie Kupper), Dutch, 1883 - 1931

Date:
1929

Medium:
Oil on canvas

Dimensions:
Width: 11 7/8 inches (30.2 cm) Framed: 22 1/8 x 22 1/8 x 3 1/4 inches (56.2 x 56.2 x 8.3 cm)

Curatorial Department:
European Painting

* Gallery 180, Modern and Contemporary Art, first floor

Accession Number:
1952-61-124

Credit Line:
A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1952

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Provenance

Nelly van Doesburg (widow of the artist); sold to A. E. Gallatin, 1938 [1]; bequest to PMA, 1952. 1. Acquired by Gallatin from Nelly van Doesburg after the painting's appearance in the Stedelijk Museum exhibition in April 1938 (see sticker on verso "E. Robinot Frères, Paris/ Exposition de Amsterdam/ Madame Doesburg"), probably during Gallatin's trip to Europe in summer 1938. He announced the acquisition in a press release of November 19, 1938. A major proportion of van Doesburg's oeuvre remained in his widow's possession after his death; she helped to organize the Amsterdam exhibition (see Gail Stavitsky, The Development, Institutionalization, and Impact of the A. E. Gallatin Collection of Modern Art [Ph. D. dissertation, New York University], 1990, v. 9, p. 285; and Els Hoek, ed., Theo van Doesburg: oeuvre catalogue, Utrecht, 2000, no. 855, p. 527).


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