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September 20, 2013 10:00AMCalender

Christian Bérard, called Bébé (French, 1902-1949) Oedipus und die Sphinx , A Sketch for a Mural in the Apartment of Jean Cocteau

Auction: American & European Works of Art - 2673B Location: Boston Date / Time: September 20, 2013 10:00AM


Christian Bérard, called Bébé (French, 1902-1949)

Oedipus und die Sphinx, A Sketch for a Mural in the Apartment of Jean Cocteau
Signed "C. Bérard" l.l.. identified on a label affixed to the back of the mat.
Graphite on paper, 11 1/2 x 14 1/4 in. (29.2 x 36.2 cm), matted, unframed.
Condition: Stain to c.r. edge, soiling and toning primarily to edges, trimmed irregularly along the left side.

Provenance: Swann Galleries, Thursday, September 14, 2006, 19th Century & 20th Century Prints & Drawings, Lot 417.

N.B. Although the sketch was originally intended for a mural in Jean Cocteau's apartment, the design was used in 1948 for La Rencontre (Oedipus et le Sphynx), a ballet in one act choreographed by David Lichine, with scenery by Boris Koncho and music by Henri Sauget.

Bérard's mural for Cocteau's apartment is illustrated in Boris Kochno's book, Christian Bérard (New York: Panache Press, 1988), p. 147.
Estimate $1,200-1,800

Irregularly trimmed sheet; stain to l.r. quadrant measuring approx. 1/2 x 1 1/4 in.; scattered foxing, no additional condition issues to report.

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Jean Cocteau, Boris Koncho, David Lichine, Henri Sauget, Boris Kochno, Panache Press