ANDRE MARIE DUNOYER DE SEGONZAC
TWO FIGURES IN A BOAT
India Ink on Arches Paper
13 x 25 Inches
Signed Lower Right, A. Dunoyer De Segonzac
Andre Dunoyer de Segonzac first served with the military before studying at the Academie de la Pallette under Jacques Emile Blanche. He soon left, however, to pursue his studies independent of any Masters and he later cited 1906 as the starting date of his artistic career. His first submission to the Salon d’Automne was in 1908 and the next year he exhibited in the Salon Independants and, for the next several years, he exhibited regularly at both. In 1910, he became a member of the Section d’Or which stressed geometric aspects of Cubism. De Segonzac was also one of the Modernists exhibiting at New York’s ground-breaking Armory Show in 1913. He was also a consummate graphic artist and, in 1947, published a suite of etchings illustrating the Georgics of Virgil now considered by many to be the artist’s masterpiece and one of the great graphic works of Modernism. The Gossamer delicacy of his etchings contrast with the thickly-painted surfaces and somber palette of his oil paintings which reflect his admiration for, and indebtedness to, Courbet and Cezanne. Prolific until the very end of his life, de Segonzac died at the age of 90 in 1974. We are pleased to offer a dramatic and lyrical work by this master of Modernism, dating to the second quarter of the 20th century.
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