Plage à Agrigente by Nicolas de Staël is one of the most vibrant paintings the Russian-French artist executed in his lifetime. Unveiled at Paul Rosenberg’s New York gallery in 1954, the stunning painting was executed in the South of France in 1953.
“These works have helped to establish his reputation as the most significant, true and fascinating young painter who has appeared on the scene, in Europe and elsewhere, over the last twenty-five years,” Douglas Cooper wrote about the artist’s Agrigente series. Plage à Agrigente captures the memory of the landscape around the Ancient Greek city of Agrigento in Southern Sicily, which the artist had visited during the summer of 1953 and which made a significant impression on the artist.
It’s now resurfacing on the market and will be presented by Christie’s France in ONE: a Global Sale of the 20th Century, an online sale hosted on 10th July. The painting was included in some of de Staël’s most important posthumous exhibitions, including major retrospectives at the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam in 1965, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1966.