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Auction: 
Dubnová aukce v Mánesu
Author: 
Toyen (Marie Čermínová)
Year: 
(1902 – 1980)
Artwork: 
Circus
Created: 
1925
Starting/Selling price: 
884 620 EUR
Estimate: 
1 346 150 – 2 115 380 EUR
Sold: 
65.750.000 Kč
oil on canvas
Dimensions: 90 x 90 cm
signed lower right: Toyen
 
Provenance:
- Private collection of Toyen
- Private collection, Prague
- Private collection of a recognised Czech framer since 1946
- Auction Prague, 23rd June 2011 (sold for then record-breaking 2.46m CZK)
- Significant private collection, Prague
 
Exhibited:
– L’art d’aujourd´hui, La chambre syndicale et des Beaux arts, Paris, December 1925 (No. 223)
– Styrsky et Toyen, Galerii d’Art contemporain, 135 Boulevard Raspail, 27. 11.–10. 12. 1926 (No. 48)
 
Publicated:
- Karel Srp, Magicky vek (The Magic Age) Adolf Loos Apartment and Gallery, Praha 2021, reproduced on the front cover and p. 5, 6,1 4, 17
 
The expertises by Dr Karel Srp and Professor Jaromir Zemina attached. 
 
Consulted with and authenticated by Dr Karel Srp, Professor Jaromir Zemina, Dr Jiri Machalicky, Aneta Kopecka and Vladimir Lekes.
 
Restorer’s report written by Zora Grohmanova and Tomas Berger attached.
 
A special thanks is due to the renowned art expert, author of Toyen’s catalogue raisonné, and a curator of Toyen’s exhibitions worldwide, Dr Karel Srp, who correctly recognised Circus and identi - fied it for posterity.
 
The painting has been requested to the upcoming exhibition Grenzen in der Kunst. Tschechische Kunst in drei Generation at the prestigious Museum Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie Regensburg between May 21, 2021 till August 15, 2021. This exhibition is orga - nised under the leadership of the art historian Dr Agnes Tieze, who previously curated the exhibition Oskar Kokoschka und die Prager Kulturszene that opened in Regensburg and subsequently toured to Prague‘s National Gallery between 2014–2015.
 
The present work is one of the most important and beautiful works the painter ever created, attributed significant value by Toyen herself. In many ways, it reflects both its age and Toyen’s painterly approach during her first trip to Paris. The importance of this work is also evidenced by its recent inclusion and front cover feature in Karel Srp’s The Magic Age, a publication focused on Toyen and Styrsky’s early career in France.