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Pavel Tchelitchew: Nature Transformed

April 3 – May 29, 1993



Press Release

Pavel Tchelitchew's personal vision and masterful draftsmanship combine to create a lifetime of introspective, powerful and haunting visual statements. As Tchelitchew explored the underlying structure of nature, he gradually abandoned reality and adopted a visionary vocabulary which ultimately ended in abstraction.

A selection of paintings and drawings spanning the 1920s through the 1950s will be on view, offering a unique opportunity to explore Tchelitchew's career.

f particular note is Head of Spring, Tchelitchew's oil which relates directly to his infamous painting Hide and Seek, which was acquired by the Museum of Modern Art at the time of his retrospective in 1942. Studies for Hide and Seek will also be included. Several major paintings will be on view including Pears in a Basket (1928), Glenway Wescott (1929), Green Clown (1930), Spahi (1931), and Red Riding Hood (1940). Examples of Tchelitchew's Interior-Landscapes depicting luminous, transparent, veined heads will also be featured, as well as his costume designs for the theater.

To learn more about Pavel Tchelitchew, please visit our Artists & Estates section.