Portrait de femme signed 'A. LHOTE' (lower right) oil on canvas 18 1/8 x 15in. (46 x 38.1cm)
PROVENANCE Reyn Gallery, New York. Anon. sale, Sotheby's New York, 21 February 1985, lot 99. Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
Initially influenced by Paul Gauguin and Paul Cézanne, André Lhote grew to be a notable painter and writer who mastered multiple Modernist styles. In Portrait de femme, Lhote combines his initial Fauvist style using a saturated color palette with that of the angular and fragmented viewpoint of Cubism. Known for his seated portraits, Portrait de femme epitomizes Lhote's artistic range encapsulates key examples of the stylistic developments within painting in Paris during the early 20th Century.
In using slivers of persimmon and green to create a somber, pensive tone, Lhote reduces the intricacies of the female sitter's portrayal all in the hopes that this reduction and manipulation will further the viewer's emotional and subjective interpretation of the work. The dynamism of her highlighted cheekbone creates shadow and depth. This intimate scene points to introspection and reflection, furthering the idea that art is not just for capturing beauty, but also acts as an ideal mode of expression.
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