Raymond Kanelba (1897-1960): Place de la Concorde
Oil on canvas, c. 1930-40, signed 'Kanelba' lower right.
20 x 24 in., 27 1/4 x 31 1/2 in. (frame).
Note: Raymond Kanelba (born Moses Rajmund Kanelbum) (b. Warsaw 1897, d. London 1960) was a Polish artist, who worked in Paris, London and New York during the first half of the twentieth century. Though he is remembered predominantly a portraitist, he also painted landscapes and genre scenes. Kanelba began his artistic training in Vienna, but matured as a painter in 1920s Paris, where he was part of the École de Paris and captured the attention of many critics and dealers. The outbreak of the Second World War changed the trajectory of Kanelba’s career. He moved to London, where he lived in Kensington, Chelsea and Knightsbridge, and his works were exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Wallace Collection, the V&A and the Tate. Kanelba’s paintings were also shown in other European cities, including Edinburgh, Warsaw, Berlin, Brussels. During his later years, Kanelba was based New York, in a studio on Park Avenue. His works were exhibited in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hammer Galleries and the Paul Reinhardt Gallery, as well as elsewhere in the states, including the Art Institute of Chicago. Kanelba received 400 portrait commissions over the course of his career, predominantly from diplomats, actresses and socialites in London and New York. His portraits of women and children were in particular demand. His works have been purchased by official institutions, including several Israeli museums, The French and Polish governments, the British Council, and the Grenadier Guards.
Craquelure with scattered losses. An area of loss upper right corner. Surface soiling. Canvas slightly loose on stretcher.
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