'Nude Posing on the Sofa' by Louis Latapie (circa 1940s)
Fine Art •
'Nude Posing on the Sofa', oil on canvas, by Louis Latapie (circa 1940s). From a long line of renowned paintings whose subject is reclining nudes, this extraordinarily desirable work by French artist Latapie is seductive and alluring. Notwithstanding her nudity, the subject has her back to the artist reposing demurely. She is curvaceous and Rubenesque. This splendid work of art is painted in warmer tones symbolising the affection between artist and subject. Although later in Latapie's career he embraced cubism and abstraction, this is a rare artwork from his earlier, rather neoclassical style. The artwork is in good overall condition. The frame however, has some signs of characterful ageing including some blemishes and small chips but retains its overall beauty. The artwork is signed: 'Latapie' in the lower left hand. Please enjoy the many photos accompanying this listing. Upon request a video may be provided.
About the Artist: Louis Latapie (1891-1972) was a highly celebrated French artist who enjoyed an international reputation which continues today. The artist was a painter whose work developed from still lifes and female nudes to a powerfully-colored Cubism. By the 1950s, his simplification of forms bordered on abstraction. During his long career he exhibited regularly at the major Paris Salons, including the Salon des Indépendants, the Salon d’Automne and the Salon des Tuileries. He had numerous individual and group exhibitions including Art et Résistance Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris in 1946. On his death in 1971, he was honoured, like Braque and Picasso, with a major retrospective at the Palais des Papes in Avignon. Further comprehensive retrospectives of his work were held in 1988 at the Musée Rapin and the Musée des Augustins. Appearing in numerous exhibitions and sold in the major auction houses, his works can be found today in the collections of museums worldwide including the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, (Paris); Musée d’Art Moderne, (Paris); Musée d’Art Moderne (Geneva); and the city museums of Toulouse, Avignon and Poitiers.
“Is this my fault? That in one deep breath, I inhale cubism and exhale fauvism.” - Louis Latapie, in Louis Latapie , Musées de Sens, 2006 (p. 43)
Dimensions with frame:
H 68 cm / 26.8"
W 87 cm / 34.3"
Dimensions without frame:
H 46 cm / 18.1"
W 65 cm / 25.6"