Artist : Lutka PINK (1906-1998)
Title : Nude (Poland, early 1940s)
Medium : Pencil on thin paper
Type of work : Original drawing signed with a stamp lower right by the artist
Dimensions : 30 cm x 23 cm
Condition : Good, slight tears
Provenance : Certified origin, the invoice engages the responsibility of the gallery as to the authenticity of the work.
Expert's commentary and biography: Born in Poland, into an Orthodox Jewish family, she studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Very early on, she knows that she only wants one thing: to paint. She obtained the full support of her father when a scholarship from the Polish government allowed her to come to Paris in 1938. During this year, she met her masters Vuillard and Bonnard. Vuillard made her obtain an incentive grant from the French government and it was therefore at the dawn of Impressionism that she came to consolidate her learning of painting. Overjoyed by her move to Paris, she had no idea that when war was declared in 1939, she would never see her family again. She then took refuge in Auvergne and then in Aix-en-Provence. Back in post-war Paris, in 1946, between the boiling of Saint-Germain-des-Près and the friendships of Montparnasse, she follows in her own way all the conflicts and artistic and intellectual upheavals.
Lutka Pink has always thought that the artist must be the "witness of the world in which he lives", and the evolution of his painting during these 60 years is a beautiful echo. It was during this period that she met Picasso and began a transition period in her painting. The latter, who introduced her to Braque, Chagall and Max Ernst, her first buyers, reinforced her in her new research and it was then that she developed the principle of an abstract hinge. Thus, the year 1950 marks the decisive turning point in his pictorial career: the rectangle of the canvas is flooded with multicolored spots distributed in "constellations", shining with a thousand lights in the form of stars, comets, segments of circles, small squares, strange phosphorescent water lilies, shiny dots, intertwined and moving commas… Since the 1960s, as she travels back and forth between Paris and New York, Lutka Pink has achieved a synthesis of her research and realizes the play of color and the contrast of shapes in one fell swoop. Far from the anecdotal aspects of the figurative painting of his beginnings, his canvases have become those that remain today: magical gardens, landscapes composed of thousands of bright and vibrant colors, subtle intuitions of life, evoking melancholy, and serenity. of self-control.
At the end of her life, her dearest wish was to settle in Israel, and since March 30, 1998, she rests on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.