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André Lhote

Puteaux Group, Section d'Or, Cubism

  • La Partie de Plaisir

André Lhote

(Bordeaux, 1885 – Paris, 1962)

La Partie de Plaisir, Circa 1910

Ink wash with brush on graphite pencil on paper
Signed lower right
24.8 x 30.6 cm

Certiticate of authenticity by Mrs. Dominique Bermann-Martin.


Study for Lhote's masterpiece La Partie de Plaisir painted in 1910-1911

André Lhote, La Partie de Plaisir, 1910-1911, oil on canvas, Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (Inv. AMVP 1777)

Our drawing is a study for one of Lhote's masterpieces entitled La Partie de Plaisir, painted in 1910-1911 and exhibited at the 1911 Salon des Indépendants. This work is part of the permanent collection of the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

To realize this vast composition, Lhote made several preparatory studies, our wash drawing is one of the first. There is notably this intermediate watercolor between our drawing and the final version.


André LHOTE - Study for La Partie de Plaisir, 1910-1911, watercolor on paper - Private Collection


André Lhote commented: My "Partie de Plaisir", it is the first time that I am given to think before painting. My composition has been modified nine times. It is now set in an absolute way. It can no longer be anything else. I believe that I have arrived at a measure which was missing in my last research. And I am myself entirely there; I will not admit any modern influence. I think only of Signorelli, precursor of Cubism, and of David, heir of the Greeks. 

Claude Debussy, wrote about these compositions in Schéhérazade of September 15, 1910: "They are women, on the lake, in a silk-lined boat. It is La Partie de Plaisir.

This song that we hear, similar to a palace of gold and rose between the willows of the water's edge, similar to a woman who raises her vain cup with tears of glory, similar to the most passionate face which hides, at the front of the boat, in sleeves of brocade, it is the song of Marthe and Madeleine: I recognize the voice of the two frivolous girls..."

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