MacDougall Auctions 12-18 June 2008

12 June 2008

Artist Index / Full Catalogue

Grey Day

* 86. ANISFELD, BORIS 1879-1973

Grey Day signed and dated 1945.

Tempera on board, 76.5 by 66 cm.

Provenance: Private collection, USA.

Exhibited: Boris Anisfeld. Retrospective Exhibition, The Art Institute of Chicago, Art Institue of Chicago, USA, 1958.

This canvas, reminiscent of German romanticism artistic movement, was created in 1945. It is a fine example of decorative-lyrical expressionism that is typical of the artist’s late oeuvre. Two women wearing long dresses are depicted against the idyllically tranquil background. The delicate colour scheme with subtle accents create the impression of undisturbed languid contemplation. The stylised deliberate composition is evocative of the artist’s long-life fascination with the world of theatre. It seems two women are sitting in the theatre box observing the world of ideal fantasies. The red armchair with a high recline is a recurrent theme in numerous Anisfeld works dedicated to the world of childhood, dreams and fairytales.

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