Artist: Macario Vitalis (Philippines / France 1898-1990)
Title: (Cubist Landscape with Bridge)
Medium: Oil on Canvas mounted on panel
Size: 13 1/2" x 16" (34.2 x 40.6 cm) approximate canvas size
Provenance: Estate of Louis & Annette Kaufman. Louis Kaufman (1905-1994) was a Romanian American Violinist, and possibly the most recorded musical artist of the 20th century. Kaufman, was the most sought-after violinist in Hollywood during 1930's-50's, and performed on the soundtrack of as many as 500 movies, including "Casablanca", "Spartacus", and other Oscar-winning films.
Kaufman was largely responsible for bringing the once-forgotten music of Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) to its current popularity worldwide. In 1947, Kaufman made the first commercial recording of a then little-known collection of violin concertos by Vivaldi called "The Four Seasons." This recording won the Grand Prix du Disque in 1951 and was elected to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2002
Over the course of their life together, the Kaufmans built a major collection of impressionist and modern art, most of which was donated to the National Gallery of Art and Syracuse University. Their vast, eclectic, and well-informed collection of European, American and Latin art is noted for it's attention to painterly qualities, color, and quality.
They developed many friendships with artists in Europe and the United States. Kaufman was the first person to buy an oil painting from American abstract expressionist Milton Avery, and he urged other collectors to follow suit. During their many stays in Paris during the 1950's-60's, the Kaufman's collected art of the avant garde artists active in that era. This painting was likely purchased during that time.
Macario Cruz Vitalis (Filipino / French 1898-1989) is considered on the most important Filipino artists of the 20th century. Born in the small town of Lapog, Locos Sur, in the Philippines, Vitalis moved to the United States, arriving in San Francisco in 1917. Vitalis studied at the California School of Fine Arts, and later the Pennsylvania Academy of Art. Macro Vitalis moved to Paris in the mid-1920's where he met Picasso, and other important modern painters. Vitalis is noted for his post-impressionist and cubist style of painting, shared by his peers Cesar Legaspi, Vicente S Manansala, who sell for as much as $500,000 at auctions.
Macro Vitalis moved to Paris in the mid-1920's where he met Picasso, and other important modern painters. Vitals is noted for his post-impressionist and cubist style of painting, as can be seen in this lot.