Le Bal, 1976

by Charles Lapicque

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.

Provenance:

Private collection, France;

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

Private collection, France (acquired at the above sale)

Buy with confidence: our assurance to you

Professional Associations

We have built up a strong reputation for the quality of the paintings, drawings and sculpture that we curate, exhibit and sell. Our professional associations with bodies such as The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) and the Association of Art & Antique Dealers (LAPADA) are as a result of our reputation for integrity, our wide knowledge of fine arts and the high quality of our stock. Our business standards and expertise are reviewed regularly to adhere vigorously with enforced Codes. Our memberships and commitment to its Code of Conducts, gives our buyers confidence when purchasing a work from us.

Authenticity

Condition reports and certificates of authenticity vary in their nature by artwork, for more information on your pieces of interest, please enquire with the gallery.

Artwork images

We take pride in the attention we give to our images of the artworks for purchase and invest in these to ensure outputs are aligned as closely as possible to the item in reality. We do not apply filters or modify images, we provide high quality images to reflect the high quality of our artworks.

Your purchase process

Payment processing – You can be assured that payments are securely processed through Worldpay’s trusted payment gateway.

The Trinity House promise to you

Shipping and packaging

Shipping and packaging requirements are assessed per piece to ensure the most suitable protection for the artwork. Trinity House will therefore call following purchase to agree the recommendations and costs.

Our After Sales services

We offer the following services which we will be happy to discuss with you following your purchase, alternatively you can enquire for more information.

Insurance

We offer insurance appraisals to protect your prised artwork and help you find the right cover and policy for you.

Framing

We are able to advise on framing and have access to every type and style to suit any artistic period or room setting.

Conservation

The nature of the materials involved in a painting mean that on occasion some pieces are susceptible to movement and the effects of natural ageing. We are able to provide advice on practical measures to conserve the original condition of a piece and have relationships with restorers and framers to offer you a range of services to meet your needs.

Biography:

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.