JOSEPH FLOCH 1894-1977
Vienna 1894 – 1977 New York (Austrian)
Title: Collette II, 1944
Technique: Signed Oil Painting on Canvas
Size: 120 x 89 cm. / 47.2 x 35 in.
Additional Information: The work is signed “Floch” at the lower right.
It is also dated, verso.
The work was painted in 1944.
note: The Jewish-Austrian painter, who arrived in the USA in 1941, fleeing the menace of war, left behind an impressive career in Europe. At the age of 46, upon his arrival to America, he had already succeeded in rebelling against the tradition of the Sezession (the Art Nouveau center of Vienna); founding the “Hagenbund” society, which had become influential in Vienna during World War I, as well as exhibiting his work in Paris along the biggest names of the beginning of the 20th century – Modigliani, Matisse, Dufy, Derain and others. Not without reason, he was embraced by the Americans and rushed to the local pantheon.
In his journal, in which he continuously wrote throughout his life, he describes life in the US as content and artistically productive, This painting which was painted during his stay in the US is an impressive testimony.
Condition: Very good condition. A skilfully repaired tear in the upper left image, almost only visible with UV light. Minor areas of paint loss along the canvas edges.