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Kurt Seligmann

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Fruit Bearing Tree, Design for the Ballet The Golden Fleece, 1941
Watercolor on grey paper, 26.5 x 42.3 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Venice
Gift, Lynven Inc. 2007.51


The Surrealist painter and woodcut artist Seligmann also excelled in set design, creating costumes and scenery. His fantastic and anthropomorphic imagery is a testament to the typically Surrealist examination of deformed visions arising from the subconscious, and to the rich Swiss-German figurative tradition. This drawing sketches a costume for the ballet The Golden Fleece, shortly after the premier of which, in 1941, Seligmann met Peggy Guggenheim. Peggy once owned a drawing by Seligmann entitled The Youth of the Count Gabalis, also of 1941. She exhibited a collage by him in the Exhibition of collage at her museum-gallery Art of This Century in New York in spring 1943. This was the first international collage exhibition to be held in the U.S.

credits: Hangar Design Group