[Cubist Drawing of a Seated Man]
A cubist drawing of a formally dressed man seated facing viewer. Right arm resting on adjacent structure. A framing line is drawn at right and below the drawing.
LL pencil Helen F V Scales. c.1930
Sold at auction by Dunbar Sloane, Wellington, New Zealand, New Zealand & International Fine Art, 01.07.2015, Lot 416
Signed and dated at time of original purchase, 1978.
Second title, Cubist Drawing of a Gent, used by Dunbar Sloane, Wellington, New Zealand, 2015.
Third title, Cubist Drawing, taken from the exhibition Flora Scales at The Suter Te Aratoi o Whakatū, Nelson, New Zealand, 2018.
This page is probably from Scales's Untitled [Esquisse sketchbook] [BC118] [see Related images] which she used while studying in Germany and France. There are several examples of this simplified, schematic type of composition in the sketchbook.
Toss Woollaston in correspondence with B. de Lange, 29.06.1983, wrote, “And in the self portraits [Portrait 2 [BC065], Portrait 3 [BC066], Portrait 1 [BC120]] the construction is again part of the expression, and, greatly, a means of it. Whereas the drawing dated c 1930 [Untitled [Cubist Drawing of a Seated Man] [BC098]] wears its construction like plates of armour, the recent works have plenty but it doesnt [sic] show.”
Flora Scales, The Suter Te Aratoi o Whakatū, Nelson, 2018, pg 48 (black and white)
Photo 1 courtesy Dunbar Sloane, Wellington, New Zealand, 2015