- Alternative title
- Portrait d'une Macedonienne Portrait de Femme La Macédonienne
- Media category
- Materials used
- oil on canvas
- 130.3 x 97.4 cm stretcher; 152.5 x 119.5 x 6.0 cm frame
- Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r., black paint "Lurçat 27".
- Purchased 1957
- Not on display
- Accession number
- © Estate of Jean Lurçat/ADAGP. Copyright Agency
- Artist information
Works in the collection
In 1927 Jean Lurçat was already celebrated for his role as a designer in the revival of French contemporary tapestry. Yet he also maintained a lifelong commitment to painting. Along with Louis Marcoussis and Raoul Dufy, Lurçat was among the generation of cubist artists who suffered through the First World War and later developed a colourful and seductive palette proclaiming their attachment to humankind.
An indefatigable traveller, the impact of the artist’s trip to the Balkans in the early 1920s resulted in a series of monumental portraits of women. The austerity of the Macedonian woman’s facial expression and her frontal attitude is balanced by her traditional costume and its colourful arabesques and shapes.
Shown in 6 exhibitions
Paintings by Jean Lurçat, Alex Reid & Lefevre, Ltd., London, May 1930–May 1930
Purchases and Acquisitions for 1957, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Feb 1958–16 Mar 1958
French art from Australian collections, Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, Jun 1959–Jul 1959
Paintings by European masters: Adelaide Festival of Arts 1960, National Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, 12 Mar 1960–26 Mar 1960
Matisse and the moderns, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Apr 2015–25 Oct 2015
Modernists: selections from the European collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 07 Nov 2015–25 Apr 2016
Referenced in 7 publications
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales picturebook, Sydney, 1972, col illus p 47.
Gérard Denizeau and Simone Lurçat, L'oeuvre peint de Jean Lurçat: catalogue raisonné 1910–1965, Lausanne, 1998, pp 50, XIV, 320, no 1927–38.
European Masters', The Adelaide Festival of Arts 1960: Souvenir catalogue of special exhibitions at the National Gallery of South Australia, 'Paintings, Adelaide, 1960, no 5.
Queensland Art Gallery, French art from Australian collections, Brisbane, 1959, no 52.
The Lefevre Gallery, Paintings by Jean Lurçat, London, May 1930, no 8.
Purchases and Acquisitions for 1957, National Art Gallery of N.S.W., Sydney, 1957, illus pl 92.
Editor Unknown (Editor), Illustrated London News, 'The art that is new', London, 17 May 1930, illus p 893. as 'Portrait de Femme' at the artist's first London exhibition at Lefevre Gallery
Collector unknown, Ryves acquired the painting from a friend (an agent of Lurçat) who brought it to Sydney in 1957
Jim Ryves, Australia, Purchased by the AGNSW from Jim Ryves 1957