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Syncopated Black Disks

Artist:
František Kupka (Czech, Opočno 1871–1957 Paris)
Date:
1930–33
Medium:
Gouache and graphite on paper
Dimensions:
9 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. (25.1 x 20 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1968
Accession Number:
68.108
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Not on view
Inscription: Signed (lower right): Kupka; (verso, lower left): Kupka
the artist, Paris (until d. 1957; his estate, from 1957); [Galerie Karl Flinker, Paris, in 1964]; private collection, New York (until 1968; sold through Spencer A. Samuels and Company, Ltd., New York, to MMA)

Galerie Karl Flinker. "Kupka: Pastels et Gouaches 1906–1945," May 26–June 30, 1964, unnumbered cat. (p. 49; as "Disques noirs syncopés," 1930–32).

New York. Spencer A. Samuels and Company, Ltd. "Frank Kupka," March–April 1968, no. 58 (as "Disques noirs syncopés," 1932, lent by a private collection, New York).

New York. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. "František Kupka, 1871–1957: A Retrospective," October 10–December 7, 1975, no. 176.

Kunsthaus Zürich. "Frank Kupka, 1871–1957," January 17–March 14, 1976, no. 176.

Henry Geldzahler in "Reports of the Departments." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 28 (October 1969), pp. 63–64, calls it "Disques Noirs Syncopes"; identifies this gouache as the artist's first work to enter the MMA's collection.

Henry Geldzahler in "Twentieth Century Art." The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Notable Acquisitions, 1965–1975. New York, 1975, p. 207, ill.

Margit Rowell in František Kupka, 1871–1957: A Retrospective. Exh. cat., Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. New York, 1975, p. 290, no. 176, ill.



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