Abraham Mintchine

Portrait of the Artist as a Harlequin


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Abraham Mintchine 1898–1931
Original title
Portrait de l'artiste en arlequin
Oil paint on canvas
Support: 730 × 502 mm
Presented by Mrs Florence Gimpel in memory of her husband René Gimpel 1954

Catalogue entry

Abraham Mintchine 1898-1931

N06207 Portrait de l'Artiste en Arlequin (Portrait of the Artist as a Harlequin) 1931

Inscribed 'A. Mintchine.' b.r.
Oil on canvas, 28 ½ x 19 ¾ (72.5 x 50)
Presented by Mrs Florence Gimpel in memory of her husband René Gimpel 1954
Prov: René Gimpel, Paris (purchased from the artist); Mrs Florence Gimpel, Paris and London
Exh: A Selection of Gouaches by Mintchine and Lurçat, Gimpel Fils, London, January-February 1947 (14); Art Exhibition, Festival of Jewish Arts, McLellan Galleries, Glasgow, February 1951 (85, repr.); Russian Emigré Artists in Paris, Redfern Gallery, London, December 1953-January 1954 (38, repr.); Homage to René Gimpel 1881-1945, Gimpel Fils, London, November 1966 (14)
Repr: René Gimpel, Journal d'un Collectionneur Marchand de Tableaux (Paris 1963), facing p.382

Painted during the Nice Carnival in the spring of 1931, shortly before his death from a heart attack on 25 April (Peter Gimpel in letter of 8 February 1954).

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.523, reproduced p.523

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