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

Made in Paris, France, Europe


Oil on canvas

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 280, Modern and Contemporary Art, second floor

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Credit Line:
A. E. Gallatin Collection, 1952

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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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