Oil on canvas 65 x 81.2 cm Framed. Signed and dated 'A. Halicka 1918' in black upper left.
Alica Halicka, the daughter of a Jewish doctor, was born in 1894 in Krakow and subsequently grew up in Switzerland and Austria. In 1912 she moved to Paris, where she studied with Paul Sérusier and Maurice Denis at the Académie Ranson and under Fernand Cormon. In Paris she also met Louis Marcoussis, whom she married in 1913. Their daughter Malène was born in 1922. Through Marcoussis, Halicka joined the circle of Cubists, to which she belonged until 1921, before her works increasingly approached Surrealism. Our still life gives a convincing impression of the clarity of Halicka's Cubist painting between strict composition and delicate transparencies of colour.
With a photo-certificate by Malène Marcoussis, dated 25 January 1979.
Galerie Gmurzynska, Cologne; Private possession, Switzerland