Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 8

Charles Kvapil
"Naked woman in the sun"

Ca.1920

$8,000

About

Oil on canvas by Charles Kvapil, France, ca.1920. "Naked woman in the sun". with frame: 87x68x6 cm - 34.25x26.8x2.4 inches - without frame: 65x46 cm - 25.6x18.1 inches. 15M format. Signed lower left "Kvapil" Charles Kvapil was born in Czechoslovakia on November 1, 1884, and died in Paris in 1957. He takes courses at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. His first works are exhibited in 1908, at the Salon of Antwerp. In 1911, he exhibits in Munich; his works show a definite cubist influence in a well-tempered, organization and simplification bill. Arrived at a young age in Paris, he sets up his studio in Montmartre in the Hamlet of Artists, between Lepic Street and No. 11 Junot Avenue near those of Utrillo and Valadon; it is there that he will die. In 1912, he exhibits at the Salon des Independants. In 1914, he presents his works again in Belgium at the Brussels Triennal. After the war, he lives a very poor life but, with an optimistic temperament, he hopes to break through; he has to work to survive and he paints especially in the evening, especially during his first years in Paris. It is at the Salon des Independants in 1920 that Kvapil is revealed to the Parisian public. He exhibits six paintings: "My campaign", "portrait of woman", "Houseboat", "Poplars", "Bras St. Jean (landscape)" and "Still Life". He is domiciled at 233, rue d'Alésia in Montparnasse." "In the wake of the legendary figures of Montparnasse, in their shadow, and by them held at a relative discretion (the behavior of artists entering many into the brilliance of their career and the exclusive attachment to their production, without extension" social " " condemning them to darkness), is Charles Kvapil. He frequents the Parnassus café [...] and is exhibited there in a small group organized by A. Clergé, "the Company of professional painters and sculptors", which manifests itself in 1921. The preface is written by Romoff. A second follows shortly. It includes 102 participants, including Friesz, Lagar, Zorate Ortiz, Scouëzec, Astoy, Roysen, Loutreuil, Krémègne, Gallien, Goncharova, Lebedeff, Ramey, Kvapil. He remains attached to the folklore of the Bohemian painter whose Montparnasse is the field of exploits and the model of life "(Jean Jacques Lévêque" The Roaring Twenties, 1918-1939 - The Triumph of Modern Art ", 1992). He exhibits at the gallery Colette Weill. In 1923, his works are hung at Marcel Bernheim, then at Dalpeyrat, in Limoges, where he shows mostly landscapes. Subsequently, he participates in the Salon d'Automne; to that of 1941, he presents "Phlox", and in 1944 "At the window". In 1951, at the same Salon, he exhibites "Plaisir d'été" and "Le Goûter". He exhibits during his lifetime in Paris, Munich, Brussels, Geneva, Italy, Stockholm, London and New York. He is now represented in numerous public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, the museums of Le Havre, Libourne, Rouen, Saint-Etienne, Amsterdam and Tunis. Charles Kvapil is known mainly as a painter of characters, especially for his representations of naked women for which his friend Ginette often served as a model; he painted models in the studio, sometimes in front of his window with the Montmartre hill in the background; often bathers or female nudes placed in groups of characters, in the manner of Courbet and the Impressionists at their beginning. He is also creator of many portraits; but he did not disdain either the still lifes, especially the bouquets of flowers, or the landscapes, which form an important part of his work. He painted many regions, including Corrèze, where he "knew how to grasp the character of the country that is not his, with his usual mastery" (SSHA Bulletin Corrèze), the Mediterranean coast, Corsica, where he stays regularly in the 1920s and 1930s; in Paris he participated in exhibitions of painters of Corsica in 1925 and 1933. In 1939, at a new exhibition of Art Corse, at the Gallery The Team, still in Paris, he presented two paintings titled "Costa Brugiata, Cap Corsica "and" View of Rogliano ". He is also the creator of "On the Island" (1923), "Querciolo, Rogliano" (1923), "Corsican Woman" (1924), "Landscape of Corsica" (1933) (information Cronica di a Corsica). Charles Kvapil was influenced by fauvism and a very temperate cubism; Paul Cézanne and to a certain extent Matisse (as a colorist), also marked his style. The desire of construction of the artists of the group to which Kvapil belongs, "did not lead to distortion, except once or twice at Kvapil" .... Kvapil and his friends "thus engaged in thorough technical studies according to the masters, all without exception have loved the beautiful solid and dense material. Their work is related, moreover, not to the classical tradition of transparent painting, but to that of the opaque painting of Frans Hals, Rembrandt and Chardin, almost alone in force since the beginning of the nineteenth century [...] so they paint all in dense pasta but without excessive excess "... (Germain Bazin," the love of art ", 1934). Charles Kvapil's paintings are original and modern, his nudes and bouquets of flowers are strong and powerful. His palette is rich in cobalt blue and warm colors. His technique is voluntary and powerful. His works in oil are often of modest size, sometimes painted on panels, or on cardboard. He also practiced with great skill the technique of pastel. P. Béran, in a study he has dedicated to him, praises the richness of his material and all that his art owes to the joy of living. "A work modeled on a life totally devoted to the pleasure of painting. (Jean Jacques Lévêque, ibid.) He was an indefatigable worker, and this is what he says: "the painter must speak little, but he must comb a lot" Bibliography Jean-Daniel Maublanc, Charles Kvapil, painter of figures, 72 p. Jean-Daniel Maublanc (preface by Louis Parrot), Perspectives - Marcel Lemar, François Eberl, Marcel Roche, Jacques Villon, Charles Kvapil, Charles Jacquemot, Pierre Bach, Julie Winterová-Mezerová (cs), G. Girard Publishing, Paris, 1931 Germain Bazin, The love of art, 1934 Jean Jacques Lévêque, The Roaring Twenties, 1918-1939 - The Triumph of Modern Art, 1992 André Roussard, Dictionary of painters in Montmartre, A. Roussard editions, Paris, 1999, p. 342.

Details

  • Creator
  • Creation Year
    Ca.1920
  • Dimensions
    Height: 26.78 in. (68 cm)Width: 34.26 in. (87 cm)Depth: 2.37 in. (6 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Saint Amans des cots, FR
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU108826687732

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    $250 Standard Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 1-2 weeks.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Saint Amans des cots, France
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 2 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn more
About the Seller
5 / 5
Located in Saint Amans des cots, France
Vetted Seller
These experienced sellers undergo a comprehensive evaluation by our team of in-house experts.
1stDibs seller since 2018
17 sales on 1stDibs
More From This Seller

You May Also Like

Kiki
By Charles Kvapil
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Presenting a rare, early oil painting by Belgian artist Charles Kvapil (1884-1957.) Kiki, is an original oil on canvas, signed, dated 1919, with an image dimension of 18 x 16 inches...
Category

1910s Art Deco Figurative Paintings

Materials

Oil

Kiki
Price Upon Request
Daydream
By Roman Chatov
Located in Atlanta, GA
Roman Chatov was born in Rostov on Don, Southern Russia, in 1900. The son of a theater impresario, he began to draw at the age of fourteen. By age sixteen he was already illustrating...
Category

20th Century Modern Figurative Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Après Midi
By Roman Chatov
Located in Atlanta, GA
Roman Chatov was born in Rostov on Don, Southern Russia, in 1900. The son of a theater impresario, he began to draw at the age of fourteen. By age sixteen he was already illustrating...
Category

20th Century Modern Figurative Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

"Barbara S. Poet" Bay Area Figurative Portrait in Oil, 1978
By Alysanne McGaffey
Located in San Francisco, CA
This 1978 oil on canvas figure painting with dark red and black entitled "Barbara S. Poet" is by Bay Area artist Alysanne McGaffey (1931-2018). Born in Seattle, McGaffey moved to San...
Category

1970s American Modern Nude Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

Modernist Nude Figures, Oil on Canvas, Circa 1977
By Alysanne McGaffey
Located in San Francisco, CA
This circa 1977 oil on canvas figurative scene in warm tones painted with oil on canvas is by Bay Area artist Alysanne McGaffey (1931-2018). Born in Seattle, McGaffey moved to San F...
Category

1970s American Modern Nude Paintings

Materials

Oil, Canvas

Female Figure in Oil Paint, 20th Century
By Rip Matteson
Located in San Francisco, CA
This late 20th century oil on canvas seated nude is by Oakland artist Rip Matteson (1920-2011). Matteson was educated at U.C. Berkeley, C.C.A.C, Scuola di Belle Arte in Rome, the Par...
Category

Late 20th Century American Modern Figurative Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

1950's Oil Painting of Female Nude Seated
By Rip Matteson
Located in San Francisco, CA
This 1957 century oil on canvas figure painting of a woman on a chair using warm tones is by Oakland artist Rip Matteson (1920-2011). Matteson was educated at U.C. Berkeley, C.C.A.C,...
Category

Late 20th Century American Modern Nude Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

1950's Oil Painting of Female Nude Seated
By Rip Matteson
Located in San Francisco, CA
This 1957 century oil on canvas figure painting of a woman on a chair using warm tones is by Oakland artist Rip Matteson (1920-2011). Matteson was educated at U.C. Berkeley, C.C.A.C,...
Category

Late 20th Century American Modern Nude Paintings

Materials

Canvas, Oil

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Insured Global Delivery