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Rodolphe-Théophile Bosshard (Swiss, 1889–1960)
LOT ID: 78789
La mort du cygne, 1943

Oil, on canvas
39 х 31 in. (99.06 x 78.74 cm.)
Signed, titled, and dated, verso
Lot description
In ‘La mort du cygne’ Rodolphe-Théophile Bosshard presents a portrait of a woman floating in a serene dream world. Wrapped in delicate fabrics, the woman appears to melt into the fluid backdrop that Bosshard intricately molds from light and layers of color. Roughly translated to “The death of the swan”, ‘La mort du cygne’ references the 1937 motion picture of the same name, which focuses on the ballet world. Here, Bosshard depicts the death of an elegant swan with the same grace and poise attributed to the ballet.

Modern Swiss painter Rodolphe-Théophile Bosshard (1889-1960) gained critical acclaim with his detailed paintings of nudes, still-lifes, and landscapes that combined classical technique with elements of Cubism, German Expressionism, and Abstraction. With a dedication to painting, Bosshard explored technique and style, studying at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Geneva and travelling to Paris in the early 1900s, where he befriended visionary artists such as Marc Chagall and Andre Derain. Bosshard’s sense of whimsy and experiential enthusiasm are evident in his work, which continued to evolve throughout his career. Bosshard’s work was widely exhibited throughout Europe and the United States. In 2012, his work was featured in an exhibition dedicated to the Banque Cantonale Vaudoise art collection, ‘Contemporain... ou bien?’, at The Fondation de l’Hermitage, Lausanne, Switzerland. His work is also included in The Fondation de l’Hermitage public collection.
La mort du cygne by Rodolphe-Théophile Bosshard
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