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Gino Severini. Dynamic Hieroglyphic of the Bal Tabarin. 1912

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Dynamic Hieroglyphic of the Bal Tabarin

Gino Severini (Italian, 1883–1966)

Oil on canvas with sequins
63 5/8 x 61 1/2" (161.6 x 156.2 cm)
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Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest
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Collection work meeting criteria specified in Introduction.

On consignment to Filippo Tommaso Marinetti (1876-1944), Milan, until c. 1925 [1]. Richard Wyndham (1896-1948), London, by 1935 [2]; Estate of Richard Wyndham, 1948; sold through Sotheby's, London to the Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 24, 1948 (Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest) [3].
[1] Per Daniela Fonti, with Maurizio Fagiolo dell'Arco, Gina Severini Franchina, et al., Gino Severini: catalogo ragionato, Milan: A. Mondadori, 1988, pp. 128-129, no. 107: "Milano, collezione Marinetti (in deposito fino al 1925 c)." Severini stated in an artist's questionnaire issued by the Museum of Modern Art that he first sold the painting to Léonce Rosenberg, Paris, who subsequently sold it to Richard Wyndham (Collection files, Department of Painting and Sculpture, The Museum of Modern Art, New York). The questionnaire is undated. Though it is correct that Severini signed a three-year contract with Rosenberg in 1919, the provenance information given by the artist could not be confirmed so far.
[2] Ibid. Lender to the Seconda Quadriennale d'Arte Nazionale, Rome, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, February-July 1935.
[3] Auct. cat. Fine Modern Paintings & Drawings Including the Well-known Collection Formed by the Late Major Richard Wyndham, M.C., Sold by Order of the Executors […], Sotheby's, London, November 24, 1948, no. 153: Le Bal Tabarin.

Geroglifico dinamico del Bal Tabarin
Fête à Tabarin
Hiéroglyphe dynamique du Bal Tabarin
[Le Bal Tabarin]

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