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Henri Victor Gabriel Le Fauconnier
French, 1881-1946
Mountaineers Attacked by Bears, 1910-1912
Oil on canvas
241.3 x 307.3 cm (95 x 121 inches)
Gift of the Peau de L’Ours II Society in celebration of Daniel Robbins 1995.043

Henri Victor Gabriel Le Fauconnier

Mountaineers Attacked by Bears

Henri Victor Gabriel Le Fauconnier
French, 1881-1946
Mountaineers Attacked by Bears, 1910-1912
Oil on canvas
241.3 x 307.3 cm (95 x 121 inches)
Gift of the Peau de L’Ours II Society in celebration of Daniel Robbins 1995.043

Mountaineers Attacked by Bears, Le Fauconnier’s ambitious pictorial narrative, combines figures, landscape, and explosive action. He conceived it as a grand-scale performance, staged in the natural world and populated by forms that alternately appear flat and partially modeled. The artist maintained theatrical unity within the composition but used the radical devices of Cubist construction to fragment time and space. Exhibited at the 1912 Paris Salon d’Automne, the painting was later stored in Le Fauconnier’s studio. It disappeared after his death. Years later, art historian Daniel J. Robbins (1932 - 1995), a former director of the RISD Museum, tracked it to an Amsterdam warehouse. A group of private collectors acquired and donated it to RISD in Robbins’s memory in 1995.


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