Le Bal, 1976

by Charles Lapicque


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DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 36.25 x 29 ins

SIGNATURE: Signed ‘Lapicque’ lower right; signed, titled, dated and inscribed ‘Lapique Le Bal 1976 acrylique’ on the verso

MEDIUM: Acrylic on canvas

Catalogue No: 5397 Categories: ,

“Long studies of nature led me to conclude that red, orange and yellow as colours always ready to become lighter, to become brighter, and blue, on the contrary, as a colour is inevitably destined to darken,”

Charles Lapicque was a French painter known for his brightly coloured depictions of landscapes and figures. Employing fragmented pictorial space, patches of colour, and cursory outlines, like in Le Bal where disjointed sections of orange, yellow, blue and pink overlap to form the movement of the dancing couples.

In 1976 Lapicque travelled to the Loire Valley to depict local life and this painting is part of a series of works exploring Europe.


Private collection, France;

Sale: Millon & Robert Paris, 15 June 1995, lot 109;

Private collection, France (acquired at the above sale)

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Born on October 6, 1898 in Theizé, France, Lapicque fought in the artillery during World War I, and received the Croix de Guerre in 1918. The following year, he entered the École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures in Paris, where he trained as an engineer. Lapicque produced some of his first landscape paintings in 1920, and continued working in a laboratory as an engineer, where he also researched color perception. By 1943, the artist had devoted himself entirely to his art career and abandoned his assistant position at the Faculté des Sciences. Over the following decades, Lapicque travelled to Venice four times and produced paintings inspired by the city’s villas, gardens, and church facades. The artist died on July 15, 1988 in Orsay, France.

Today, his works are held in collections throughout France, including the Musée d’Unterlinden, the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Quimper, and the Musée de Lorraine.


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