Unique work of Paul Aïzpiri

We would like to introduce a unique work of Paul Aïzpiri from CURIO Private Sales.

Paul Aïzpiri (1919-2016) was a painter born in Paris, France. He entered the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and studied in the workshop of Fernand Sabatté.


He won a prize at the prestigious Youth Painting Exhibition (Salon de la Jeune Peinture), and in 1951, won the Pre-National Grand Prize at the Venice Biennale, increasing his fame.


The motifs in his work include familiar still lifes, landscapes, and portraits. Some of his postwar works have harsh, somber tones, but there are also many works with bright colors and cheerful touch.



from “Le Journal des Arts”

|French painter popular in Japan

Aïzpiri is a famous and popular artist, especially in Japan, and is highly praised. His works include unique works such as oil paintings and watercolors, as well as prints.


This time, we would like to introduce you to one of his unique works.


[Model of Petrouchka]



|[Model of Petrouchka]

The title of this work, “Petrushka” is a ballet by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky.


In the story of this ballet, Petrushka feels a true passion despite not being a real human being, and for this reason, he longs for a human being (even though he never realizes it). Petrushka occasionally moves in a twitchy, awkward manner, conveying the feeling of suffering trapped within the doll’s body.


The motif of this work gives somehow a sense of Petrushka’s state.

The following is the detail of this work.


Paul Aïzpiri [Model of Petrouchka]

Mixed media on paper mounted on cardboard
Artist signed in lower left and titled in lower center
76 x 56 cm

Delivery 4 to 6 weeks
Asking price: JPY 1,500,000 + shipping fee
*Taxes vary by country.


Aïzpiri’s works are in the collections of museums throughout Europe, including the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, the Musée des Beaux-arts de Marseille, the Goya Museum, Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain (MAMAC) among others.


In Japan, his works are in the collections of Nakata Museum of Art, Yamazaki Mazak Museum of Art, Yamagata Museum of Art, Sanritsu Hattori Museum of Art, etc.

If you are interested in the unique work of Paul Aïzpiri, please contact us.



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