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L'Ecole de Paris / Max Band (Lithuanian, 1900-1974) Young boy

Various Properties
Lot 15
Max Band
(Lithuanian, 1900-1974)
Young boy
28 June 2022, 14:00 BST
London, New Bond Street

£10,000 - £12,000

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Max Band (Lithuanian, 1900-1974)

Young boy
signed in Latin (lower left)
oil on canvas
81.2 x 54.4cm (31 15/16 x 21 7/16in).


Private collection, London
Acquired by the present owner from the above

Portraits of children are an emblematic part of Max Band's oeuvre. This gentle series highlights Band's virtuosity in complex psychological portrayal and heightened spiritual aspect. The present portrait of a boy holding a drum belongs to the series of the artist's depiction of his son. The notion of paternal love and, perhaps, a reflection on the artist's own childhood and orthodox upbringing find expression in the enigmatic gaze of the boy. Another version of the portrait depicting Band's son as a drummer titled Garçon au tambour is reproduced in Paul Fierens, Max Band, Paris, 1935, plate 1.

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