Item #39086 Small pen and ink portrait drawing of Satie by the French composer, writer, and artist Robert Caby (1905-1992). Ca. 1925. Erik SATIE.

Small pen and ink portrait drawing of Satie by the French composer, writer, and artist Robert Caby (1905-1992). Ca. 1925.

50 x 35 mm. Black ink on dark cream wove paper. Satie is depicted in profile looking down. Unsigned. With Caby's small oval handstamp with his name in red ink to verso.

Unevenly cut.

The present drawing is one of a number that Caby made of Satie. Possibly unpublished.

"[Satie] was an iconoclast, a man of ideas who looked constantly towards the future. Debussy christened him ‘the precursor’ because of his early harmonic innovations, though he surpassed his friend's conception of him by anticipating most of the ‘advances’ of 20th-century music – from organized total chromaticism to minimalism. To some extent he made a virtue of his technical limitations, but his painstaking quest for perfection in simplicity, coupled with his ironic wit and his shrewd awareness of developments in other fields of contemporary art, made him the personification of the wartime esprit nouveau in France." Robert Orledge in Grove Music Online.

Caby was part of the circle of composers and artists that included both Satie and Picasso. He spent considerable time with Satie toward the end of his life, and his own music demonstrates Satie's influence.

Item #39086

Price: $325.00  other currencies

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