Description & Technical information

Certificate of authenticity issued by Mr Marc Ottavi dated June 11th 2019.
Born in Poland and naturalized French, Moïse Kisling (1891-1953) arrived in Paris in 1910. He was 19 when that he discovered the districts of Montmartre and Montparnasse. Cradles of modern painting, it was there and especially at the famous Bateau-Lavoir that he quickly became friends with artists such as Modigliani and Braque, and soon Soutine, Max Jacob, Picasso, Jean Cocteau or Pascin. An unusual person, leading figure in Montparnasse during the interwar period (he was then nicknamed the "king of the Montparnos"), Kisling became the most famous guest of Sanary-sur-Mer after WWII. The plurality of his contacts greatly influenced his pictorial production. His painting quickly met with success ; his painting was characterized by a mixture of Classicism, Cubism and Fauvism under the influence of his classmates from the Ecole de Paris.

Painted in Paris in June 1917, "Les Deux  Baigneuses" is a testimony of the decisive infuence of sculpture on Kisling's work. The two nudes remind of the stylized shapes made at the time by Zadkine, but also by Modigliani. The choice of the subject is an obvious reference to ancient art. The refined composition is perfectly  structured, essentially based on a network of horizontal and vertical lines, introducing an Art déco geometrisation in the work. Influenced by Derain and Cézanne's landscapes, here Kisling highlights a certain chromatic minimalism, using a limited pure colour palette directly inherited from the Parisian avant-gardes of the beginning of the 20th Century, who he frequented back then.

Date:  1917
Period:  20th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Oil on canvas
Signature: Signed and dated lower left: Kisling 1917 and countersigned, dated and located on the back : Paris juin 1917

Dimensions: 81 x 100 cm (31⁷/₈ x 39³/₈ inches)
Provenance: Sale, Rieunier. Bailly-Pommery, June 27 1994.
Mr. and Mrs. Acornero Collection.
Private collection.


Jean Kisling, Jean Dutourd, Moïse Kisling, Catalogue Raisonné, Tome III, 1995, illustrated under the n°8, p.363.

This work will be included in the Tome IV et Additifs aux Tomes, II et III du Catalogue Raisonné de l'oeuvre de Moïse Kisling being prepared by Mr. Marc Ottavi.

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints