Nicolas Ghika born 1906 [- 1994]
T00010 Petite Composition en Gris
(Small Composition in Grey) 1953
Inscribed 'GHIKA 53' b.l.
Oil on panel, 16 1/4 x 13 (41 x 33)
Presented by a number of the artist's friends through the CAS 1955
Prov: Purchased by the donors from the artist through the Leicester Galleries 1955
Exh: Peintures Récentes de Ghika, Galerie des Cahiers d'Art, Paris, June-July 1954 (13); Ghika: Recent Pictures, Leicester Galleries, London, February 1955 (10)
Lit: Christian Zervos, Stephen Spender and Patrick Leigh Fermor, Ghika: Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture (London 1964), p.7 and repr. pl.6 in colour as 'Composition en gris'
Painted in Paris in a studio in the Boulevard St. Jacques, which the artist had rented for four months. He could see the buildings which are in the centre of the picture from his window. The surrounding patterns originated from another view of Paris roofs seen from above, and are mingled with wrought-iron designs of window railings. It is one of the last of a series of Paris roofs done at this period (letter from the artist, 18 May 1955).
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.274, reproduced p.274