André Minaux

Arm-chair in an Interior

1951

Original title
Fauteuil dans un intérieur
Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1619 x 968 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased 1953
Reference
N06168

Display caption

We see the corner of the artist's apartment in Paris. He wrote: 'I like very much to work at home trying to compose with a chair, a table or something else, a pictoral whole.' Minaux was one of a group of young French artists who championed a return to realism, despite the prevailing fashion of the time for abstraction, and in particular the Abstract-Expressionist style developed by American painters like Jackson Pollock. Minaux's paintings were mostly in sombre, earthy pigments. Later, in the 1960s, his work became more stylised and colourful.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

André Minaux born 1923

N06168 Fauteuil dans un Intérieur (Arm-Chair in an Interior) 1951

Inscribed 'André Minaux' b.r. and 'André Minaux 1951' on back of canvas
Oil on canvas, 63 3/4 x 38 1/8 (162 x 97)
Purchased from the artist through the Adams Gallery (Knapping Fund) 1953
Exh: André Minaux, Galerie Bernier, Paris, May 1951 (works not listed) as 'Fauteuil dans un Intérieur'; André Minaux, Adams Gallery, London, April-May 1953 (20) as 'La Chaise'; 4 French Realists, Tate Gallery, August-September 1955 (6)
Repr: Illustrated London News, CCXXIII, 1953, p.662

This picture, painted in Paris, has sometimes been known as 'The Chair' but was originally exhibited under the more explicit title used here. The artist wrote (letter of 24 July 1953) that it represents a corner of his studio-apartment. 'I like very much to work at home trying to compose with a chair, a table or something else, a pictorial whole'. What seems to be the same chair appears in two lithographs of 1950 and 1951 (Charles Sorlier, Minaux Lithographe 1948-1973, Monte-Carlo 1974, Nos.32 and 35, repr.). The earlier of these shows a very similar arrangement of objects, but with the chair turned to the right instead of the left.

Published in:
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.521, reproduced p.521

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