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Thu, Apr 21, 2022 09:00AM EDT
Lot 76

Jean Varda Abstract Figural Collage

Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

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(California/New York/Greek, 1893-1971)

Two Women Holding Blooms in a Garden with Guard, signed lower right ?Varda?, signed and inscribed verso ?Varda $450?, mixed media with collage on plywood panels, 50-1/4 x 33-3/4 in.; unframed

Note: Varda studied art at L'Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris where he shared a studio with Georges Braque. Pablo Picasso, who lived nearby, was shown Varda's work and is said to have remarked, "You are an academic painter. You are not a contemporary painter." The comment propelled Varda to drop out of the school and turn to surrealism, Dada, and cubism, a style reflected in his collages.

In 1945-1946 Varda taught a summer session at Black Mountain College in North Carolina.

Provenance: Property from The Estate of Peter Rosenwald


some flaking of pink on border, slight surface dirt and abrasions