Eugène Carrière - Femme de dos, se déshabillant - image-1

Lot 253 Dα

Eugène Carrière - Femme de dos, se déshabillant

Auction 1004 - overview Cologne
30.11.2012, 00:00 - Modern Art
Estimate: 8.000 € - 10.000 €
Result: 26.840 € (incl. premium)

Oil on canvas 46.5 x 38.5 cm, framed. Signed 'EUGÈNE CARRIÈRE' lower left. - In fine untouched original condition, the yellowing of the varnish quite typical for the artist's work. The margins somewhat rubbed due to framing, professionally restored with minor retouchings.

Not recorded by Nora-Milin

'Femme de dos, se déshabillant' by Carrière is a small nude seen from the back, quite erotic and developed from the semi-darkness of a monochrome 'sfumato'. It clearly illustrates the close relationship that existed between Carrière and Auguste Rodin. Around 1890, the sculptor had dedicated a marble sculpture - 'Idole Éternelle' - to the painter, while the painter had designed a poster for the sculptor's famous solo exhibition at the Pavilion on Place d'Alma in 1900. These are two striking examples of the lifelong friendship between the two men, a relationship that also bespoke their artistic kinship as contemporaries. Carrière's aesthetic approach clearly captured the mood of the Symbolist generation, and he was claimed as one of theirs by critics of the avant-garde, writers, poets and artists alike. Whereas it is said that his style may have influenced Munch and the early Picasso, we should also mention the American photographer Edward Steichen who succumbed to the charm of Carrière's paintings and confessed in 1901:

“Carrière, one of the greatest of modern French painters, keeps all his pictures in a low brownish key, using no pure whites or darks; and blending his tones, he secures an exquisite feeling of atmosphere and shrouds that in a lovely sentiment.” (from 'Photogram', quoted by: Robert James Bantens, Eugène Carrière, The Symbol of Creation, New York 1990, p. 44)


The authenticity of the painting was confirmed by Véronique Nora-Milin, Paris, the great-granddaughter of the artist and author of the cat. rais.; with a photo-certificate dated 1 October 2012


Formerly private collection, South Tyrol