Carlos Nadal (Spanish, 1917-1998) L'armoire rouge
Lot 35AR
Carlos Nadal
(Spanish, 1917-1998)
L'armoire rouge
Sold for £31,250 (US$ 39,383) inc. premium

Lot Details
Carlos Nadal (Spanish, 1917-1998)
L'armoire rouge
signed 'CNadal' (lower right) and further signed, inscribed and dated 'L'ARMOIRE ROUGE/ CNADAL/ 70' (verso) and stamped twice with the artist's atelier stamp (verso and to the stretcher)
oil on canvas
60.2 x 73.3cm (23 11/16 x 28 7/8in).
Painted in 1970

Footnotes

  • This work is sold with a photo-certificate of authenticity from Le Comite Nadal.

    PROVENANCE
    Duncalfe Galleries, Harrogate.
    Evelyn Roper-Nunn collection, U.K.
    Private collection, U.K.

    LITERATURE
    J. Duncalfe, Carlos Nadal 1917-1998, An English Perspective, Harrogate, 2010 (illustrated p. 281).

    Through his vibrant colours and his playful calligraphic gestures, Carlos Nadal transforms commonplace scenes such as the interior of L'armoire Rouge and the harbour scene in Bateaux into a joyous celebration of life. This lyrical optimism is made more poignant given Nadal's harsh experiences of the horrors of the Spanish Civil War, and it is this sense of joy together with his zesty use of colour which links his work with that of the Fauves. As John Duncalfe says, he was the 'last wild expressionist of Spain' ('Carlos Nadal: Obituary' in The Independent, 20 June 1998). In his later work, Nadal acknowledges the influence of the Fauves, as well as his personal connections with modern masters like Derain and Picasso. Thus, L'armoire rouge comes from a series of paintings where Nadal pays homage to such artists by replicating their artwork in interiors. As the writer L. Gascoigne says, 'Nadal's vision is unquestionably his own' (L. Gascoigne, 'Fauve at Heart' in The Artists and Illustrators Magazine, Sept. 1996, n. p.) and it is this unique vision which gives his paintings a fresh perspective on the world.
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