Série C I. (Protihodnoty)
Série C I. (Protihodnoty)

Lot 150 Series C I. (Plans Miniscules)


Oil on panel
Dimensions: 55 x 60 cm
Signed Lower right “Kupka”
Framed in Kupka´s designed and painted original frame.
The painting is offered in an auction for the first time.
Several times publicated and exhibited.

- in 1951 a well-known Parisian gallerist Louis Carré bought the painting directly from František Kupka. In the same year Kupka, who was eighty years old, appointed the gallerist his first official representative. Kupka was introduced to Carré by painter Jacques Villon, a neighbour of his from Puteaux. At that time, Louis Carré represented internationally known artists, e.g. Pablo Picasso, Jacques Villon, Alexander Calder, Fernand Léger, André Lanskoy, etc. According to Carré’s grandson, his grandfather bought at that time more than 50 paintings from Kupka , which he later sold to internationally prominent galleries and museums, e.g. Museum of Modern Art in New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art in Tokyo, The Rothschild collection in New York, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza Madrid, etc. Louis Carré also sold paintings to Jan and Meda Mládek ( in 1975 they bought the crucial Kupka’s paintings Cathedral and The Fair).
- collection of Louis Carré and his family
- foreign private collection ( the painting is offered in an auction for the first time).

Kupka’s oil painting ‘‘Series C I’’ is among the world´s most important abstract paintings and is the first from the twelve iconic oil paintings Kupka’s Series C. Other paintings of this series can be found in The National Gallery, Prague (Series C IV), in the collection of Museum Ludwig, Koln (Series C VII), in the collection of Museo Thyssen Bornemisza Madrid (Series C VIII), and in The Museé National d’Art Moderne in the Centre Pompidou Paris (Series C XI and Series C XII).

A confirmation of the authenticity by Vladimir Lekes, the author of Kupka’s Catalogue Raisonné of Oil Paintings attached. (published with cooperation of Adolf Loos Apartment and Gallery, National Gallery Prague and Belvedere Vienna).
The painting is listed in Kupka’s Catalogue Raisonné of Oil Paintings, no. 329
Confirmation of the authenticity by Professor Tomas Vlcek attached.
Consulted with Professor Jaromír Zemina.
An X-ray image made by conservator-restorer specialist Tomas Berger attached.
The restoration expertise by Vera Cedlova is also attached.

– František Kupka – Výstava životního díla 1880–1946, Spolek výtvarných umělců Mánes, Praha (14. 11.–8. 12. 1946), vystaveno pod katalogovým číslem 94
– Frank Kupka, Rouen, 1949, vystaveno pod číslem 6
– Frank Kupka, Galerii Gmurzyňska Kolín nad Rýnem (únor–duben 1981) pod číslem 42, reprodukováno celostránkově barevně na straně 207
– Kupka: Paintings and Gouaches, Claude Bernard Gallery New York (9. 10–10. 11. 1990), vystaveno pod katalogovým číslem 11,
reprodukováno celostránkově barevně
– Frank Kupka: Die andere Realitat, Galerie Gmurzyňska Kolín nad Rýnem (28. 4.–15. 7. 1995), reprodukováno celostránkově barevně
na straně 190–191
– Klimt, Kupka, Picasso and others – Cubism-Constructivism-Form Art, rakouská Národní galerie Belvedere Vídeň
(10. 3.–19. 6. 2016) reprodukováno celostránkově barevně na straně 240 pod číslem 182

– Frank Kupka, vydal Galerie Gmurzyňska Koln am Rhein, 1981, reprodukováno na straně 207
– Frank Kupka, Die andere Realitat, vydal Galerie Gmurzyňska Koln am Rhein, 1995, reprodukováno na straně 191
– Karel Srp František Kupka: Geometrie myšlenek, vydal Arbor Vitae a GHMP 2012, reprodukováno pod číslem 115
(uvedeny chybné rozměry a podklad)
– Klimt, Kupka, Picasso and others – Cubism-Contsructivism-Form Art (autoři: Agnes Husslein-Arco and Alexander Klee)reprodukováno na straně 240 pod číslem 182

*For this item the buyer‘s premium is already factored into the Starting / Selling price. Therefore the premium will not be added to the hammer price and charged to the buyer.

Due to the foreign owner of the painting, it is not subject of the jurisdiction of the Czech Republic and its law n. 20/1987 and is therefore export free.
Bidders for this object who have never bought an item from our auction house will have to agree to the conditions of their participation before the auction.

Starting/Selling price
60 000 000 Kč *
2 222 220 EUR
Price realized
62 000 000 Kč

This is the last item in the auction.