'Modern Dancers' by Mick Micheyl (1964)
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'Modern Dancers', pastel, ink and gouache on fine art paper by French artist, singer and sculptor, Mick Micheyl (1964). Two elegant young men are depicted in a graceful dancing pose, arms outstretched, their lithe bodies so agile and limber. Perhaps one of the dancers was her friend, Philippe, to whom the painting is dedicated on the bottom. The dedication says: 'For you Philippe, all my friendship'. Signed: 'Mick Micheyl'. The work has been newly framed and glazed after having been acquired in the S. of France. It is in fair vintage condition commensurate with age showing minor blemishing on the paper. Upon request a video of the piece can be provided.
Dimensions with Frame:
H 75 cm / 29.5"
W 61 cm / 24"
Dimensions without Frame:
H 56 cm / 22"
W 42 cm / 16.5"
About the Artist: Mick Micheyl (1922 - 2019) was born in Lyon and had a busy and rewarding artistic career as a singer, producer, reviewer, metal sculptor, artist. After having received training at the School of Fine Arts in Lyon she became a painter and decorator in the theatre but then commenced a career in the musical activities of a theatrical troupe. She won the ABC competition in Paris in 1949 with a song, Le Marchand de Poésie, which she composed herself. She then performed in many cabarets: L'Échelle de Jacob, Harlequin and Liberty's. In the 1950s she was one of the most important French cabaret singers of that period. One of her titles, 'Un Gamin de Paris', became one of the French standards and also performed by Yves Montand and Robert Clary in the United States. In the 1960s she turned to producing television shows. It was in 1974 that she decided to completely change direction to become a metal sculptor. After her career came to an end, several of her pieces were acquired by museums and private institutions. In 2009, an exhibition was organised as her last, in Paris. She took this decision because she had partial loss of sight due to some accidents in the creative process of her art. She died in the Burgundy region in 2019 after a stay in a care home. The country grieved her passing and now collects her art which lives on.