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Pierre Roy

(1880 -  1950 )
ROY Pierre Surrealist Still Life

Sotheby's
May 8, 2014
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Pierre Roy - California Poppy

Pierre Roy - California Poppy

Original 1942
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Lot number: 222
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Pierre Roy (1880-1950) California Poppy signé 'P. Roy' (en bas à gauche) et titré 'CALIFORNIA POPPY' (en bas à droite) huile sur toile 35.6 x 27.7 cm. Peint en 1942 signed 'P. Roy' (lower left) and titled 'CALIFORNIA POPPY' (lower right) oil on canvas 14 x 10 7/8 in. Painted in 1942 Provenance Galerie André-François Petit, Paris (avant 1967).
Pierre Roy - Coquillage Et Drape

Pierre Roy - Coquillage Et Drape

Original 1930
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Lot number: 141
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Lot Description

Pierre Roy (1880-1950)
Coquillage et drape
signed 'P.Roy\\’\\’\\’\\’ (lower right)
oil on canvas
11 3/8 x 9 3/8 in. (29 x 24 cm.)
Painted circa 1930

Special Notice



Provenance

Anonymous sale, Christie's, London, 19 March 1991, lot 99.
Pierre Roy - Sans Titre

Pierre Roy - Sans Titre

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Lot number: 46
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PIERRE ROY (1880-1950)

Sans titre

signed 'P. Roy' (lower right)

oil on canvas

19 7/8 x 15 7/8 in (50.6 x 40.3 cm)

Painted

circa

1940

Footnotes

Provenance

Anon. sale, Christie's, New York, 28 August 2012, lot 7.

Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.

Cécile Bréhant has confirmed the authenticity of this work.

Pierre Roy is noted for the mastery of his metaphysical

trompe l'oeil

works painted between 1919 and 1946. These paintings stand as a response to the work of Giorgio de Chirico, particularly in their use of imaginative compositions set in timeless landscapes. The present painting exemplifies the artist's ability to juxtapose emotive objects to show them in an unexpected light.

Roy was initially welcomed into the community of Fauve painters in 1910 following his training at the Académie Julien and was included in several of their exhibitions. Thanks in part to Guillaume Apollinaire he found his true inspiration with poets such André Salmon and Max Jacob who were associated with what was to become the Surrealist movement; yet unlike some of his contemporaries Roy chose to remain independent of the group, preferring to concentrate on notions of metaphysical space rather than the movement's political tendencies.

Roy was introduced to de Chirico in 1913 by the latter's brother, the poet and composer Alberto Savinio. Both artists had an unusual perspective as painters. De Chirico came from a noble family and his father was an architectural engineer, while Roy had trained in an architect's office and was particularly taken with painting in a precise and exacting realist style. The two artists exhibited together at the

Salon des Indépendents

of 1914 and the relationship influenced Roy's

oeuvre

greatly.

Perhaps the greatest proponents of Pierre Roy during his lifetime were the dealers Joseph and Irence Brummer and Carstairs Gallery. Brummer Gallery opened in Paris in 1906 and moved to New York in 1914. In 1930 and again in 1933 the Brummers gave Roy solo exhibitions which introduced his work to an entirely new generation of connoisseurs. Abby Aldrich Rockefeller was an early collector: one of Roy's most important paintings,

Danger dans l'escalier

or

Danger on the Stairs

(painted

circa

1927-28) is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art through her gift. The esteemed film maker and art collector Billy Wilder owned at least four very fine still lifes by the artist as well as an interior study closely connected to the MoMA picture.
Pierre Roy - Coquillages, Avant L'orage

Pierre Roy - Coquillages, Avant L'orage

Original 1930
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Lot number: 49
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Pierre Roy

1880 - 1950

COQUILLAGES, AVANT L'ORAGE

signed P.R. (lower right)

oil on canvas

24.5 x 41.1 cm ; 9 5/8 x 16 1/8 in.

Painted circa 1930.

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Saleroom Notice

Authentication

The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Anne-Françoise Roy.

Provenance

Madame Pomanet, Paris

Sale : Yann Le Mouel, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 28th November 2008, lot 34

Acquired at the above sale

Exhibited

New York, Brummer Gallery, Pierre Roy, 1933, no. 18

Saint-Louis (Alsace), Espace Contemporain Fernet-Branca, Chassé-croisé Dada-Surréaliste 1916-1969, 2012, no. 7

Literature

Georges Sebbag, Memorabilia, Dada & Surréalisme 1916-1970, Paris, 2010, illustrated p. 257

The canvas is not lined. There is some abrasion to the edges. Under UV light, scattered zones of retouching fluoresce across the sky. Otherwise this work is in good condition. "In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Pierre Roy - Surrealist Still Life

Pierre Roy - Surrealist Still Life

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Lot number: 203
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Maynard Walker Gallery, New York (and sold: Parke Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, May 11, 1955, lot 99)

Private Collection, Philadelphia (acquired at the above sale)

Thence by descent

Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Collections, Twentieth Century

203

PROPERTY OF A PHILADELPHIA ESTATE

Pierre Roy

1880 - 1950

SURREALIST STILL LIFE (PIRATE SOUVENIRS)

Signed P. Roy (lower right)

Oil on canvas

28 3/4 by 21 3/8 in.

54.5 by 37 cm

USD

Print

The canvas is lined. Frame abrasion is visible along the extreme edges of the canvas. There is a slightly visible 4-inch repair running horizontally just to the left of the hanging pendant. Under UV light relatively thin and small strokes of inpainting are visible to the repair. There are additional small and minor strokes of inpainting along the top edges of the canvas and in the upper right corner. A thin layer of varnish is present but no other inpainting is apparent. The works is in overall good condition.
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