Hélène d'Œttingen, called François Angiboult (Ukrainian, 1887-1950)
Cubist Still Life
Signed "F. Angiboult" l.l.
Oil on canvas, 27 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. (70.0 x 50.0 cm),framed.
Condition: Canvas deformation to u.r. corner.
N.B. Hélène, La Baronne d'Œttingen, flourished in the avant-garde culture in Paris in the early 20th century. She was the daughter of a Polish aristocrat and married to a Russian officer, Baron Otto von Oettingen. Assuming male pseudonyms, Hélène wrote novels under the nom de plume of Roch Grey and poetry as Léonard Pieux. She also had a passion for painting, influencing and influenced by the avant-garde movements of Cubism and Futurism, signing her works as François Angiboult. Hélène organized soirées in Montparnasse which brought together figures of the French and Russian avant-garde including Apollinaire, Archipenko, Henri Rousseau, Léger, Modigliani, Vlaminck, and Zadkine. She is said to have taught Russian to Picasso and sat for portraits by Modigliani and Léopold Survage. Hélène's many facets as artist and catalyst were thoughtfully chronicled by Jeanine Warnod in her book Chez la Baronne d'Oettingen, Paris russe et avant-gardes (1913-1935) (Paris: Edition de Bonti, 2008). Further information on the artist may be accessed at http://www.artrz.ru/search/Angiboult/1804787714.html.
Minor canvas deformation to upper corners as well as lower left corner. The painting is tightly re-stretched, but it does not appear to have been lined. Minor varnish discoloration.
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