Paris: 3 March 1941. Art student’s original exercise sheet, measuring 10.5 x 8.25 inches, printed recto only, featuring a painted still life of a toolbox with supporting notes and drawings in red ink. Instructor’s comments and signature in purple ink, additional signature in black ink at lower left. Lightly creased from folding.
Original “croquis en couleur” produced by a young art student in Paris. The student has quickly painted a toolbox from life, aiming to render the different masses and shapes in perspective. His instructor offers mild encouragement, but notes that the angles are not quite right: “Beaucoup d'élèves ne savent encore pas determiner avec certitude les directions obliques des arêtes des volumes parallélipipédiques” (“many students do not yet understand how to determine the oblique directions of the edges of the parallelepipedal volumes”). The school at 7 rue Championnet, in the 18th arrondisement, is still extant; this art class took place during the first year of the Nazi occupation of Paris. A striking and inadvertently Cubist survival.