In his abstract period his painting is laid with a knife in thicknesses that accumulate until the desired effect is achieved. This masonry effect pleases the fans of the Ecole de Paris. De Staël defies this sympathizing public when he suddenly renounces pure abstraction by stating that painting must be neither abstract nor figurative.
This hypersensitive artist is now looking for all the themes that can dazzle him. The outbreak of this new phase of his art is a football match on March 26, 1952 at the Parc des Princes, one of the first to be played by night under floodlight. In the rest of his short career he will look everywhere for the brightest colors that he will often associate with musical rhythms.
De Staël wants to see again the beautiful sunlight of Provence : he spends the summer of 1952 in a cabin in the Lubéron. He is inspired by a vase of roses by van Gogh for looking at the flowers.
On June 7 in Paris, Christie's sells a still life of flowers, oil on canvas 147 x 98 cm painted by De Staël in 1952, which is his largest format on this theme and indeed the culmination of his search for floral expression in that summer. It is estimated € 3.5M, lot 28.